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May 27, 2015: A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 4 (“cirrus” near-infrared) will detect very thin cirrus clouds during the day. This band is new for the GOES-R series and is not available on current GOES.
May 27, 2015: The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on May 20, 2015 featured Eric Guillot (IAI/NWS Office of Observations). Guillot explained the Total Operational Weather Readiness – Satellites (TOWR-S) project, which is a joint GOES-R/JPSS/National Weather Service (NWS) project designed to assess the usability of both GOES-R and JPSS satellite data with respect to the NWS mission. Specifically, TOWR-S focuses on GOES-R, SNPP/JPSS, and Himawari satellite data integration within the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS-II) in order to optimize its use for operations. Presentation
May 21, 2015: The GOES-R satellite has completed final integration and is now ready to enter the environmental testing phase. Environmental testing is intended to simulate the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment once the satellite is in orbit. The GOES-R satellite and its instruments will undergo a variety of rigorous tests which include vibration, acoustics and subjecting the satellite to extreme thermal temperatures in a vacuum chamber. The environmental testing will take place at Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Littleton, Colorado, facility where the spacecraft is being built. Feature Story.
May 11, 2015: The 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference was held April 27–May 1 at the Greenbelt, Maryland, Marriott with over 600 participants from 40 countries as well as members of NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, Environment Canada, EUMETSAT, and the Hydrometeorological Services of countries in North, Central and South America; the Caribbean, and Asia. The conference brought together Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS users and providers of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite data, products and applications, from the public, private and academic sectors. Several sessions focused on the GOES-R Series Program and included presentations on the new capabilities and products that will be available from the series, data distribution and access, and preparing the user community through education and training. Each session featured a question and answer period to allow attendees to interact with presenters. In addition to oral presentations, 170 posters were submitted for NSC 2015 that highlighted the diverse uses of satellite information throughout the world. Posters and presentations can be viewed and downloaded from the conference website. Attendees can provide feedback on theb conference via the post-conference feedback survey.
April 27, 2015: The GOES-R/JPSS Proving Ground Science Seminar on April 20, 2015 featured Dan Satterfield, Chief Meteorologist for WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland. Satterfield explained the evolution of satellite data and imagery in televised weather and preparing broadcast meteorologists and the public for the data and imagery that will be available from the GOES-R series satellites. Satterfield highlighted efforts to educate TV weathercasters, which will increase demand from the public. Presentation
April 24, 2015: The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period January–March 2015 2015 is now available. We are now less than a year away from the launch of GOES-R. Spacecraft integration and testing activities are underway in preparation for environmental testing, and the ground segment completed installation and integration of the GOES-R series IT infrastructure. Significant progress has also been made in the development of the GOES-S/T/U satellites. The program also continues to focus on user readiness activities and has received excellent feedback from National Weather Service partners who are excited about the capabilities the GOES-R series satellites will provide.
April 20, 2015: The GOES-R Program Chief Scientist and three of the GOES-R satellite liaisons presented results from the GOES-R Proving Ground at the 6th Annual NOAA Testbeds and Proving Grounds Workshop held April 14–16 at the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop focused on exchanging lessons learned and best practices and identifying synergies for future cross-testbed collaborations. Each of the presenters addressed science priorities, project selection criteria, 2014 accomplishments and 2015 plans. An excellent opportunity exists in 2016 during the GOES-R Post Launch Product Test for multiple testbeds and proving grounds to collaborate in the validation and assessment of the baseline and new capabilities from GOES-R to address environmental intelligence and NOAA's Weather Ready Nation goals. Presentations
April 14, 2015: The GOES-R Series Program held a Post Launch Test/Post Launch Product Test and Calibration/Validation Field Campaign Planning Workshop April 8-9, 2015 in College Park, Maryland, with 50 participants representing the GOES-R program, flight project, the GOES-R Calibration/Validation Working Group, the GOES-R Algorithm Working Group, and NASA and university partners. The objective of the workshop was to develop a baseline GOES-R Field Campaign plan and to refine validation planning efforts, identify required resources (i.e. budget and support teams), establish and refine coordination efforts with other partners and planned experiments, refine time-frames and identify and develop risk mitigation plans. Topics included program and campaign overviews, ER2 candidate instruments, ground-based measurements and support, and satellite mission major field campaign experiences including Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP), Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), and the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS). Presentations
April 1, 2015: A new fact sheet highlighting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) 0.5 µm band has been released. AHI Band 2 (“green” visible) is one of three visible bands on the Himawari-8/9 imager. This band will provide daytime observations related to the land, clouds and aerosols. This green band, combined with the “blue”(0.47 μm) and “red” (0.64 μm) bands will provide “natural color” imagery of the Earth-atmosphere system. The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager does not include a “green” band so AHI Band 2 information will be useful to National Weather Service forecasters in the Alaska and Pacific regions.
April 1, 2015: The GOES-R/JPSS Proving Ground Science Seminar on March 31, 2015 featured Andrea Schumacher (National Hurricane Center/Technology and Science Branch). Schumacher explained forecast products at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), provided an overview of the NHC Proving Ground and highlighted GOES-R and JPSS Proving Ground activities at NHC. Satellite data is critical to NHC forecasts and GOES-R and JPSS will introduce exciting new and improved capabilities for forecasting. Presentation
March 31, 2015: The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on March 25, 2015 featured William Denig  (NOAA Geophysical Science and Development Branch). Denig’s presentation, “GOES-R Space Weather Mission,” explained space weather, its impacts on Earth and the improvements the GOES-R series satellites will bring to monitoring and forecasting space weather. GOES-R data will be used within the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to assess the near-earth status of space weather and to issue, when necessary, space weather alerts, watches and warnings. Presentation
March 31, 2015: Two new ABI Band Quick Information Guides are now available. ABI Band 2 (“red” visible) will assist in the detection of fog, estimation of solar insolation and depiction of diurnal aspects of clouds. ABI Band 3 (“vegetation” near-infrared), along with ABI Band 2, will be used for detecting daytime clouds, fog, and aerosols and for calculating a normalized difference vegetation index.
March 16, 2015: One year from now, NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite will be launched into space, providing new and improved observational capabilities. So what does that mean for you? From improved weather forecasts and life-saving technology to better monitoring of geomagnetic storms that affect public infrastructure, we have five reasons to be excited about this launch. Top 5 Reasons Why NOAA’s GOES-R Satellite Matters.
March 13, 2015: The Ground Segment Project Functional and Performance Specification (F&PS) document has been updated
March 13, 2015: Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP) for Geostationary Data, GRB Version 0.1 Prototype software is now available. This is the initial release of software that will allow direct broadcast users to process GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) data received on their antennas from the GOES-R satellite, after it is launched in 2016. The software is publicly available and free to use. The main functionality included in this release is to ingest a simulated GRB data stream, recover Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 1 and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Level 2 data payloads, reconstruct the datasets, and write output to mission-standard NetCDF files.
March 10, 2015:NOAA Satellite Science Week was held February 23‒27, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado, with focus on the GOES-R and JPSS missions. Approximately 150 participants attended. The science themes for the meeting reflected national and NOAA priorities and included sessions on Clouds and Aerosols, Space Weather, High Impact and Severe Weather, Climate, Arctic, Tropical Cyclones, and New Frontiers. The meeting began with keynote presentations from the NOAA Chief Scientist, Dr. Richard Spinrad, on “NOAA as the Nation’s Environmental Intelligence Agency” and a presentation by the Director of OAR’s Earth System Research Laboratory, Dr. Sandy MacDonald entitled “The Earth System Analyzer: Using All of the Data to Improve Weather and Climate Prediction.” Presentations/Posters
February 8, 2015: The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period October – December 2014 is now available. The last few months of 2014 were an exciting time for the GOES-R Series Program. All six instruments that will fly on the GOES-R satellite were integrated with the spacecraft, which is now preparing for environmental testing. The program also announced that GOES-R will launch in March 2016 and transition immediately into operations after post-launch testing and validation.
January 12, 2015:  What exactly goes into building a new weather satellite? A new animated video explains how GOES-R was developed and how new science and technology on the GOES-R series satellites will provide significant advancements in the observation of severe weather.  So You Want To Build a Weather Satellite
January 12, 2015:  All six instruments that will fly on the NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Satellite – R (GOES-R) satellite have now completed integration onto the spacecraft. Together, these instruments will offer significant improvements for the observation of both terrestrial weather and space weather that impact life on Earth. The program is now focusing on the environmental testing phase, the next step for the GOES-R satellite, to ensure it is prepared to withstand the rigors of launch and operation in the extreme environment of space.  Feature Story
January 5, 2015: News from AMS 2015: NOAA's administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan announced that the GOES-R satellite is scheduled for launch in March 2016 and will continue observations from 89.5° West during its extended validation phase through the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. GOES-R will transition immediately into operations afterward (around March 2017) instead of being placed into storage. This will make the enhanced capabilities of GOES-R available earlier, providing benefits such as better life-saving decision support services for tornadoes, wind, flash flooding, tropical cyclones and volcanic ash, as well as improved fire weather remote sensing and lightning detection.
December 18, 2014: The GOES-R Proving Ground FY14 Annual Report has been published. The report describes the Proving Ground activities leading to an evaluation of the operational value of the proxy GOES-R products and user feedback for future improvements. All report content was obtained from demonstration reports and Proving Ground participants submitted in FY14.
December 17, 2014:  The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training has announced the release of the GOES-R Satellites Orientation Distance Learning Course. This course consists of three self-paced lessons, “GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring,” ”GOES-R ABI: Next Generation Satellite Imaging,” and “GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper,” that introduces forecasters, students, researchers and other interested learners to the capabilities, products and applications anticipated with the next-generation GOES-R satellites. The course will also help prepare the learner for future exploration and use of GOES-R products in meteorological analysis and forecasting and in other disciplines that involve environmental monitoring and prediction. The course includes imagery, graphics, photographs, video, audio narration and companion print versions.  English  |  Spanish
December 11, 2014:  The GOES-R Science Seminar on December 1, 2014, featured Mike Pavolonis (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR). Pavolonis’ presentation, “Utilization of GOES-R and JPSS for Quantifying the Horizontal Extent of Hazardous Low Clouds,” explained how the effects of the weather hazard of low cloud ceiling and visibility and the importance to forecasters at the National Weather Service, Aviation Weather Center and Ocean Prediction Center. The presentation also highlighted an approach that fuses satellite, Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) analyses, and other data sets (e.g. digital surface elevation maps, surface emissivity maps, and surface type maps) to determine the probability that Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions are present. Finally, Pavolonis highlighted the positive feedback received from forecasters who have evaluated the Fog and Low Stratus products that have been made available through the Satellite Proving Ground.  Abstract  |  Presentation
November 24, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on November 19, 2014, featured Kim Slack (GOES-R Mission Operations Support Team). Slack’s presentation, “Advanced Baseline Imager Radiometric Calibration Methodology: Pre-Launch Calibration Activities and Flight Hardware,? explained calibration of the ABI instrument and how calibration coefficients are updated to account for instrument changes over time. Presentation
November 17, 2014:  The GRB Simulator Software Release Notes document has been revised to provide APID configuration updates. Field Update 5.
November 14, 2014:  The GOES-R Science Seminar on October 30, 2014, featured Pao K. Wang (Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison). Wang’s presentation, “Visible and IR features at storm top as observed by meteorological satellites,” explained the physics behind several storm top features as observed by meteorological satellites which are useful for forecasters.   Abstract  |  Presentation
November 12, 2014:  Registration and call for poster abstracts are now open for the 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference, “Preparing for the Future of Environmental Satellites.” Exhibitor Booth registration is also open. Don't miss your opportunity to attend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Conference for Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS users, April 27–May 1, 2015, in Greenbelt, Maryland. All attendees (including international participants, vendors and booth personnel) must register for the event. If your plans change and you cannot attend the conference, you may provide a substitute or cancel your reservation. Conference registration will be open until March 20, 2015. Poster Abstracts must be received by January 20, 2015. Exhibition space is limited to the first 25 respondents. Preference will be given to vendors and organizations directly involved in the use and production of satellites and satellite data or ground systems. 2015 NSC Website  |  Conference Registration  |  Poster Abstract Submission  |  Exhibitor Registration
October 31, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on October 29, 2014, featured William Anderson (GOES-R Flight Project). Anderson’s presentation, “GOES-R Series Flight Data System,” explained how data from the GOES-R spacecraft will be managed and the improved reliability the GOES-R on-board and space-to-ground communications will provide to reduce data errors and loss.  Abstract  |  Presentation
October 24, 2014:  The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period July–September 2014 is now available. With the delivery of the full suite of instruments, the successful mating of the spacecraft core and system modules, and the completion of key program reviews, the GOES-R satellite officially entered its integration and testing phase this quarter. On the ground segment, the initial applications of the product generation system for the GOES-R series were installed and integrated. Efforts to prepare the user community for GOES-R data continued with GOES-14 providing forecasters with special one-minute imagery in August.
October 22, 2014:  The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) instrument that will fly on the GOES-S satellite is now complete. The instrument successfully concluded its Pre-Shipment Review on October 21, 2014, at instrument developer Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, Colorado. The instrument will be placed into storage until it is time to integrate it with the GOES-S satellite.  Feature Story
October 22, 2014:  A new series of fact sheets detailing each of the Advanced Baseline Imager channels is now under development. These ABI Bands Quick Information Guides are designed as quick reference guides to provide National Weather Service forecasters with information on each of the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager’s 16 spectral bands. Each fact sheet will cover what the band measures and how this is operationally relevant. Each sheet will also include links for more information. Currently, a Band 1 (“Blue” visible) fact sheet is available.
October 9, 2014:  The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument that will fly on the GOES-R satellite has completed the development and testing phase and is ready for integration with the spacecraft. GLM has the potential to improve severe storm warning while reducing false alarms, provide early warning of lightning ground strike hazards, and better detection and short range forecasts of heavy rainfall and flash flooding, including weather events that could affect aviation safety. The GOES-R satellite will be the first flight of this sophisticated lightning mapping instrument in geostationary orbit. GLM is the final GOES-R instrument to be delivered.  Web Feature  |  Fact Sheet
October 9, 2014:  The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET) released a new training module,  "GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper.? The first part of the lesson describes the need for real-time lightning information and introduces the capabilities of the GLM, which will fly on the GOES-R series satellites. The second section lets users explore the life cycle of a typical lightning flash, how it is observed by space and ground-based detection systems, and how lightning flashes translate into GLM observations. The final section explores some of the many applications that will benefit from GLM observations including convection and severe weather nowcasting, warning of lightning ground strike hazards, aviation, atmospheric chemistry, quantitative precipitation estimation, tropical cyclones, fire ignitions, numerical weather prediction, and climate and global studies.  
September 25, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on September 24, 2014, featured Mike Pavolonis (NESDIS/STAR). Pavolonis’ presentation, “How GOES-R will help mitigate aviation-related volcanic hazards,” highlighted the hazard of volcanic ash, its economic impacts, and the improvements the GOES-R series satellites will bring to ash cloud forecasts.   Abstract  |  Presentation
September 18, 2014:  On September 6, 2014, the GOES-R Satellite System Module and Core Module were successfully mated at Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver and now form the GOES-R spacecraft. This is an important milestone in the development of the satellite, as it merges together the two primary subassemblies that form the "brain" and the "body" of the satellite. With the core spacecraft now complete, instrument installation will begin.   Web Feature
September 11, 2014:  The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument that will fly on the GOES-S satellite is now complete! The instrument successfully concluded its Pre-Shipment Review on September 10, 2014, at instrument developer Exelis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was shipped to Exelis’ facility in Rochester, New York, where it will remain in storage until it is integrated with GOES-S. This is an important milestone in the continued development of the GOES-R series of satellites.
Media Coverage
The GOES-R Series Program and System Program Director Greg Mandt are featured in the July 2013 edition of SatMagazine!  More.
The PBS series NOVA aired a special segment on earth-observing satellites on February 13, 2013. This 2-hour special, “Earth From Space,” highlights how data from NASA, NOAA, and other satellites are transforming the way we understand and view our dynamic planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet. Watch the special online at
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