GOES-S is the latest in a series of new weather satellites, a powerful asset in the nation's fleet. It is part of of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) – R Series. These are the nation’s most advanced in terms of geostationary weather satellites. The GOES-R Series significantly improves the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our nation’s economic health and prosperity.
The satellites provide advanced imaging with increased spatial resolution and faster coverage for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.
The GOES-R Series is a four-satellite program (GOES-R/S/T/U) that will extend the availability of the operational GOES satellite system through 2036.