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Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite

Phase: Operating

Launch Date: March 04, 2010

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Program(s):GOES / POES

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Launch Dates:

  • GOES N – 4/14/2010
  • GOES O – 6/27/2009
  • GOES P – 3/4/2010

GOES - N/O/P is the next series of GOES satellites. The multi-mission GOES series N - P will be a vital contributor to weather, solar, and space operations and science. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites.The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is responsible for procuring, developing, and testing the spacecraft, instruments and unique ground equipment. NOAA is responsible for overall program, funding, system in-orbit operation, and determining satellite replacement needs.

The GOES N - P series will aid activities ranging from severe storm warnings to resource management and advances in science. GOES N-P data will add to the global community of knowledge, embracing many civil and government environmental forecasting organizations that work to benefit people everywhere and help save lives.

GOES N - P represents the next generation of GOES satellites. A highly advanced attitude control system fosters enhanced instrument performance for improved weather service quality. NASA and NOAA have set a high standard of accuracy for GOES N - P, including data pixel location to two kilometers from geosynchronous orbit.

Some of the new top-level capabilities include:

  • A digital Low Rate Information Transmission (LRIT) formatted Weather Facsimile (WEFAX) service
  • Expanded measurements for the Space Environment Monitor (SEM) instruments
  • A new dedicated channel for the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) service
  • A more stable platform for supporting improved Imager, Sounder, and SXI instruments