All systems go for GOES-R

“And liftoff of NOAA’s GOES-R, America’s most advanced weather eye in the sky! Elevating environmental intelligence to new heights and saving lives.”

On Saturday November 19, 2016 the next generation geostationary meteorological satellite GOES-R successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Working alongside NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), scientists from the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) played an integral role in the development of the GOES-R mission and are ready to receive the high-resolution data from GOES-R once it reaches its orbit and comes online.

The next generation satellite hosts an array of instruments which will provide three times the spectral bands, four times greater spatial resolution, and at a rate five times faster than previous geostationary operational environmental satellites.

Prior to launch, staff from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and NOAA led a two-day teacher training to help bring meteorological studies into the classroom. School teachers from around the country came together to share lesson plans and watch the exciting launch of GOES-R.

Looking ahead, staff at the numerous organizations involved with the GOES-R project, including SSEC and CIMSS, will work to get the instruments onboard GOES-R online and functioning–with first images anticipated to arrive in early 2017.

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    GOES-R awaits launch aboard an ATLAS-5 rocket at Kennedy Space Center on November 19, 2016. Photo credit: NASA

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    The GOES-R satellite awaits launch in November 2016. Photo credit: Tim Schmit, NOAA

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    NASA Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: Tim Schmit, NOAA

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    Tim Schmit, NOAA Advanced Satellite Products Branch, speaks about GOES-R and how it will improve meteorological forecasting. Photo credit: Lauren Gaches, NOAA

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    Post launch contrail of GOES-R seen from the viewing area in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS

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    Onboard footage from the GOES-R ATLAS-5 rocket just seconds after takeoff. Photo credit: NASA

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    The next generation geostationary meteorological satellite GOES-R will provide three times the spectral bands, four times greater spatial resolution, at a rate five times faster than previous geostationary operation environmental satellites. Photo credit: NASA

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    School teachers from around the country gathered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to learn about GOES-R and share ways to bring meteorological science into the classroom. Photo by: Margaret Mooney, CIMSS EPO

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    Margaret Mooney, director of the CIMSS Education and Public Outreach Office, leads a discussion with school teachers attending the GOES-R teacher workshop. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS

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    Tim Schmit, NOAA Advanced Satellite Products Branch, presents to a group of school teachers at the GOES-R teacher workshop. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS

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    School teachers from around the country learn about the GOES-R geostationary meteorological satellite. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS

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    Tim Schmit, NOAA Advanced Satellite Products Branch, presents information about GOES-R to a group of school teachers from around the country at the teacher workshop in Florida. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS

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    Mat Gunshor, SSEC/CIMSS scientist, presents information on GOES-R to a group of school teachers at the GOES-R teacher workshop. Photo credit: Chris Schmidt, SSEC/CIMSS