This section contains videos highlighting the development of the GOES-R spacecraft and instruments. Be sure to try out the interactive 3D GOES-R spacecraft explorer.
Where there's lightning, there's a strong chance of severe weather. The revolutionary Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM ) instrument on the new GOES-R satellite will give forecasters powerful new data for when to recommend that people in a storm's path take shelter. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio
The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is the first geostationary weather imagery that can collect multiple scenes of different sizes and locations at different repetition intervals. This animation demonstrates one way the ABI can collect images of the full disk every 15 minutes, Continental United States every 5 minutes, and a major storm event every 30 seconds, in addition to space look, blackbody and star observations for radiometric and geometric calibration.
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This data visualization shows actual lightning measurements captured by an array of ground-based lighting detectors capable of tracing how lightning propagates through the atmosphere and simulates how the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper will monitor atmospheric flashes.
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This time-lapse video follows the development of the GOES-R satellite, from delivery of modules, to module mate, instrument integration, solar wing deployment and environmental testing. Download Original Credit: Lockheed Martin
This video shows a successful deployment of the GOES-R satellite solar array wing. On May 5, 2015, technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver conducted a deployment test to verify that the large five-panel solar array and the sun-pointing platform of the satellite will properly deploy in space once the satellite is launched. Photovoltaics in the solar panel array will power the entire satellite including all of the instruments, computers, data processors, attitude-control sensors and actuators, and telecommunications equipment. The solar array will generate more than 4,000 watts of power for the satellite. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio
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. Download Original Credit: Lockheed Martin
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 GOES-R Magnetometer boom completed development and testing in July 2014. Download Original Credit: Lockheed Martin
When 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. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia
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. Download Original Credit: Lockheed Martin
GOES-R Maps Lightning from Space An artist’s rendering of the GOES-R spacecraft in geostationary orbit mapping lightning from space. One of the newest features of GOES-R is the critical ability to measure and see in-cloud lightning, increasing tornado warning lead time. Download Original Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA, Lockheed Martin