The GOES-R Space Segment is comprised of the spacecraft bus, instruments, auxiliary communications payloads, and the Launch Vehicle (LV). The spacecraft bus supports numerous subsystems. The instrument suite consists of Earth sensing, solar imaging, and space environment measurement payloads. The auxiliary communications payload contains the antennae, transmitters, receivers, and transponders to relay processed imagery data and provide the auxiliary communications services.
GOES-R will offer advanced imaging for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity. It will improve support for the detection and observations of meteorological phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property, and ultimately, economic health and development. To explore an interactive 3D model of the spacecraft, click here.