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Baseline Products: Solar Flux: X-ray

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SWPC’s current GOES XRS product can be visited by clicking here. The GOES-R X-Ray flux product will be similar, but with increased dynamic range to capture the largest flares.

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) will rely on this product to issue warnings based on increases in solar X-ray output, specifically large spikes from solar flares. These X-ray flares are currently used by the SWPC to give warnings of radio blackouts of terrestrial HF radio communications at low latitudes. They are also a potential hazard to astronauts working outside of the spacecraft, and can decrease the operational lifetime of satellites by degrading items such as solar panels.