GOES-T Overview and Beauty Shots

  • Released Thursday, February 3, 2022

NOAA’s GOES-T is the third satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most sophisticated weather observing and environmental monitoring system.

The GOES-R Series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and space weather monitoring. After GOES-T launches, it will be renamed GOES-18 once it reaches geostationary orbit. Following a successful on-orbit checkout of its instruments and systems, NOAA plans to put GOES-T immediately into operational service, replacing GOES-17 as GOES West. GOES-18 will work in tandem with GOES-16, NOAA’s operational GOES East satellite. Together, GOES-16 and GOES-18 will watch over more than half the globe – from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand. GOES-17 will become an on-orbit spare.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and NOAA/NESDIS. Additional footage from Lockheed Martin, CALFIRE_Official/flickr, CALFIRE_Official/Alaska Fire Service, and the National Interagency Fire Center.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:37 PM EDT.