GOES-R Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  Geostationary Weather Satellites and Remote Sensing   |   General Information   |   GOES-R Users
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Geostationary Weather Satellites and Remote Sensing
Why do we need weather satellites?
Why is geostationary orbit needed?
Why are the current GOES satellites are positioned the way they are in terms of coverage?
What are the dates for the end-of-life for the existing GOES satellites?
What exactly do the GOES detect?
How do the GOES detect this energy?
How are the detectors tuned to Earth?
Why is space weather important?
What role do GOES play in search and rescue?
GOES-R General Information
What is GOES-R?
Why are there four GOES-R satellites planned if only two will ever be in operation? Will there be two spares?
What will happen to the GOES satellite that is replaced by the first GOES-R satellite? When would it be decommissioned and parked in orbit or destroyed?
What is the total cost of the GOES-R program?
When will GOES-R launch?
Once the first GOES-R satellite launches, can you explain what testing it will perform during its year-long warm-up phase and how it will move into its final orbit to replace one of the existing GOES satellites?
When will GOES-R become operational?
What monitoring capabilities will be available with GOES-R?
What improvements will GOES-R have over the current GOES satellites?
How significant is having The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) as the first operational lightning mapper in geostationary orbit?
What information will the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) visible, near-infrared, and infrared bands provide in terms of weather forecasting?
How will GOES-R’s capability to provide mesoscale coverage of small regions make a difference in weather forecasting?
How will GOES-R’s weather forecasting capabilities benefit other countries in the Western Hemisphere?
How has weather forecasting improved between the launch of the first GOES satellite in 1975?
How do NASA and NOAA support GOES-R?
Where is the GOES-R ground system located?
GOES-R Users
What is being done to prepare the user community for the launch of GOES-R?
What is the Proving Ground?
Will the products based on the ABI provide an adequate substitute for legacy sounder products?
What is GOES Rebroadcast (GRB)?
Can I receive GRB data with my current system?
What is a GRB Simulator and how can I obtain one?
Once launched, will GOES-R be placed in an operational orbit in the West or East?
In what data format will GOES-R Level 1b and Level 2+ data be available?