Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R)

The Next Generation GOES-R
(Credit: The nations weather satellite)

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites - R (GOES-R) Series is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites.

The program is a collaborative development and acquisition effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The GOES-R series will maintain the 2-satellite system implemented by the current GOES series, and will contribute to more timely and accurate weather forecasts by providing images of weather patterns and severe storms as frequently as every 30 seconds. The GOES-R series will improve support the detection and observations of meteorological phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and ultimately, economic health and development.

The spacecraft will carry three classifications of instruments: nadir-pointing, solar-pointing, and in-situ. RAL Space is providing the camera electronics for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) on the spacecraft. The GOES-R series is due for launch in 2016 and its operational lifetime is hoping to extend over 10 years.

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