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GOES-R Series Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Categories: 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 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 Series General Information

What is the GOES-R Series?
Who is responsible for the GOES-R Series?
What is the total cost of the GOES-R Series Program?
Why are GOES satellites named with both a letter and a number?
How is the launch window for a GOES satellite determined?
Why are there four GOES-R satellites planned if only two will ever be in operation? Will there be two spares?
What are the launch dates for each of the satellites in the GOES-R Series?
What happens with GOES-R Series satellites between launch and becoming operational?
What environmental products are available with the GOES-R Series?
What improvements do the GOES-R Series provide over the previous GOES satellites?
How significant is having The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) as the first operational lightning mapper in geostationary orbit?
What information do the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) visible, near-infrared, and infrared bands provide in terms of weather forecasting?
How does the GOES-R Series capability to provide mesoscale coverage of small regions make a difference in weather forecasting?
How do the GOES-R Series’ 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 the GOES-R Series?
Where is the GOES-R ground system located?

GOES-16 Users

What is being done to prepare the user community for the GOES-R Series data and products?
What is the Proving Ground?
Are the products based on the ABI an adequate substitute for legacy sounder products?
What is GOES Rebroadcast (GRB)?
Can I receive GRB data with my current system?
In what data format is GOES-R Series Level 1b and Level 2+ data available?