We are looking forward to providing customers with GOES-R’s advanced capabilities to significantly improve the observation and detection of weather phenomena. GOES-R is a next-generation weather satellite that brings advanced resolution when viewing weather, along with a number of features including faster coverage, enhanced tornado and hurricane detection, real-time mapping of lightning—the first operational lightning mapper ever flown in space—solar flare monitoring and much more. It’s the most advanced weather satellite to date, and is equipped with significant features that will improve weather forecasting in the United States.

GOES-R will be the first of four satellites (R/S/T/U) that will extend the GOES satellite system through 2036. Upon successful launch and placement into geostationary orbit, GOES-R will be known as “GOES-16”. To see photos of the satellite, read the latest from Spaceflight Now.

If all goes as planned, the GOES-R satellite will be launched on November 19, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Eastern Time. As of the latest updates, the weather is expected to be favorable for launch.


Data that will be available:

We plan to initially deploy Cloud & Moisture imagery from the GOES-R ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager), as well as Lightning Detection and Alerting from the GLM (Geostationary Lightning Mapper).

  • ABI Cloud & Moisture imagery will be available from the satellite beginning in early 2017. Both visible and infrared satellite data will be available, ranging from full-disk updates every 15 minutes and CONUS every 5 minutes, to mesoscale regions every 30 seconds. Resolution will range from 2 km IR full-disk to as high as ½ km visible in the mesoscale regions. Cloud & Moisture imagery includes digital maps of the observed land, water and clouds.
  • Beginning in mid-2017, real-time lightning data from the GLM will enhance our lightning detection/alerting capabilities for the western hemisphere.

In the future, we will be supporting additional GOES-R data products, including a variety of value-added data fusion products that will integrate GOES-R with other data sources like dual-polarity weather radar.

Here’s a preliminary look at how GOES-R Rapid-Scan Visible Satellite Imagery can be visualized in Baron Lynx, produced as a test and distributed to customers, using the in-orbit GOES-14 satellite during its experimented Rapid Scan period.

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