First GOES-14 Full Disk Image
On 27 July 2009, SSEC's Data Center began receiving full disk visible band images from GOES-14 in its geostationary orbit at 90 degrees west longitude. Above is the first GOES-14 Imager full disk visible image, at 1730 UTC. The first infrared image, is scheduled to be received on 17 August 2009
Launched on 27 June 2009, GOES-14 features improvements in the instruments that capture high-resolution images of weather patterns, atmospheric measurements, and other phenomena. The GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) series of US satellites are developed by a joint NASA-NOAA-Industry partnership, launched by NASA (with industry partners), and operated by NOAA.
This satellite will undergo its Post Launch Test (PLT) during the July-December 2009 time frame. CIMSS has calculated the weighting functions for the GOES-14 imager and sounder channels as well as the spectral response functions and Planck function constants for GOES-O. CIMSS and ASPB will also contribute to the NOAA Science Test portion of the PLT in November/December 2009.
After the PLT, GOES-14 will go into in-orbit storage until it is time to replace one of the current operating geostationary weather/environmental satellites.