GOES-R Spacecraft Module Mate
What happens during a spacecraft mate? This time-lapse video from GOES-R spacecraft developer Lockheed Martin highlights the process that brought together the two primary subassemblies of the satellite. The GOES-R satellite system module and core module were successfully mated in September 2014, merging the elements that form the “brain” and the “body” of the satellite. The activities shown in the video took place over a three-hour period. More than 70 electronics boxes mounted within the system module provide the functionality to operate the spacecraft and its six instruments. The core module forms the main central structure of the satellite and carries the propellant needed to maneuver the spacecraft after it is separated from the launch vehicle and operational in geostationary orbit. Credit: Lockheed Martin
GOES-R Magnetometer Boom Hot Thermal Deployment This video demonstrates a successful deployment of the Magnetometer boom that will fly on the GOES-R satellite. This is a demonstration of a deployment of the boom at hot temperature (+55°C), to simulate the conditions in space. The Magnetometer boom will deploy after the GOES-R spacecraft launches, separates from its launch vehicle, and undergoes a series of orbit raising maneuvers. The Magnetometer will provide measurements of the space environment magnetic field, which controls charged particle dynamics in the outer region of the magnetosphere. These particles pose a threat to spacecraft and human spaceflight. The GOES-R Magnetometer boom completed development and testing in July 2014.
Advanced Baseline Imager
When the next generation of NOAA geostationary satellites, GOES-R, launches in 2016, it will deliver highly advanced data and will continue an important legacy of Earth observations. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and is a significant improvement over instruments on NOAA’s current geostationary satellites. ABI will offer faster imaging with much higher detail. It will also introduce new forecast products for severe weather, volcanic ash advisories, fire and smoke monitoring and other hazards.
Magnetometer Boom Deployment This video demonstrates a successful boom deployment from the GOES-R Magnetometer Engineering Development Unit. The Magnetometer boom will deploy after the GOES-R spacecraft launches, separates from its launch vehicle, and undergoes a series of orbit raising maneuvers.
GOES-R Beauty Pass
An artist concept of the GOES-R spacecraft in geostationary orbit seeing lightning from space. One of the newest features of GOES-R is the critical ability to measure and see in-cloud lightning. Thus increasing the tornado warning time. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA, Lockheed Martin
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GOES-R 3D Mode
The interactive GOES-R 3-D model illustrates the components of the spacecraft, including the instruments, unique payload services and antennas.
GOES-R Spacecraft Images:
A collection of GOES-R spacecraft images are available here.
GOES-R Instruments Images:
A collection of GOES-R Instruments images are available here.