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Products: Science Product Validation Schedules

This page houses the latest GOES-16, GOES-17, and GOES-18 science product validation status and schedules. The information will be updated monthly.

This information is current as of Oct. 15, 2021.

All dates are subject to change

GOES-16

GOES-16 L1B Science Product Validation Status table

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GOES-16 L2B Science Product Validation Status table

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Changes since the GOES-16 September 8, 2021 version:

  • ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover was not approved at Provisional (or Beta) Validation maturity due to poor performance. A revisit will be held once the Enterprise Algorithm is implemented.
  • SEISS MPS-Hi was approved at Full Validation maturity on 10/13/2021.

Upcoming GOES-16 Provisional PS-PVR dates:

  • 03/03/2022 -- ABI L2+ Cloud Cover Layers
  • 05/19/2022 -- ABI L2+ Ice Motion
  • FY23Q1 -- ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover

Upcoming GOES-16 Full PS-PVR dates:

  • 12/10/2021 -- SEISS EHIS Revisit
  • 2023 -- Start of ABI L2+ product reviews

GOES-17

GOES-17 L1b Science Product Validation status table

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GOES-17 L2B Science Product Validation table

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Changes since the GOES-17 September 8, 2021 version:

  • ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover was not approved at Provisional (or Beta) Validation maturity due to poor performance. A revisit will be held once the Enterprise Algorithm is implemented.
  • SUVI was approved at Full Validation maturity on 09/17/2021.
  • SEISS MPS-Hi was approved at Full Validation maturity on 10/13/2021.
  • All delta Provisional reviews were cancelled due to the probable replacement of GOES-17 with GOES-18 at GOES-West Ops ~FY23Q1

Upcoming GOES-17 Provisional PS-PVR dates:

  • 03/03/2022 -- ABI L2+ Cloud Cover Layers
  • 05/19/2022 -- ABI L2+ Ice Motion
  • FY23Q1 -- ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover

Upcoming GOES-17 Full PS-PVR dates:

  • 12/10/2021 -- SEISS SGPS
  • 12/10/2021 -- SEISS EHIS
  • 2023 -- Start of ABI L2+ product reviews

GOES-18

GOES-T is scheduled to launch on Feb. 16, 2022. After reaching geostationary orbit and being renamed GOES-18, the satellite will undergo on-orbit checkout of its instruments and systems. GOES-18 is scheduled to replace GOES-17 as NOAA’s operational GOES-West satellite in December 2022. Below are the current plans for GOES-18 data availability and product validation as of Oct. 28, 2022.

GOES-T Post-Launch Science Product Validation Schedule table

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GOES-18 L1b Science Product Validation status table

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GOES-18 L2B Science Product Validation table

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*NEW* GOES-18 Product Validation Schedule

Key messages:

  • Launch date is February 16, 2022
  • Drift to a near West location will be early in PLT instead of the end
  • No PS-PVR will be held for Beta, instead the data will be certified in a streamlined process
  • Data will not be distributed via GRB at Beta due to co-location with GOES-17
  • External data flow for ABI will begin in the interleave period via the GOES-17 GRB
  • Full GOES-18 GRB data flow will begin once it is declared the operational West satellite

All dates are subject to change.