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Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N/O/P (GOES N-P)

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Status: Current
Mission Category: Inter-Agency Partnerships
Launch Date: May 24, 2005
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral, FL

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N/O/P (GOES N-P) is the next series of GOES satellites. The multi-mission GOES series N-P will be a vital contributor to weather, solar, and space operations and science. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites. The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is responsible for procuring, developing, and testing the spacecraft, instruments, and unique ground equipment. NOAA is responsible for the overall program, funding, system in-orbit operation, and determining satellite replacement needs.

The GOES N-P series will aid activities ranging from severe storm warnings to resource management and advances in science. GOES N-P data will add to the global community of knowledge, embracing many civil and government environmental forecasting organizations that work to benefit people everywhere and help save lives.

GOES N-P represents the next generation of GOES satellites. A highly advanced attitude control system fosters enhanced instrument performance for improved weather service quality. NASA and NOAA have set a high standard of accuracy for GOES N-P, including data pixel location to two kilometers from geosynchronous orbit.

Key Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N/O/P Facts

Instruments: GOES N-P Imager
GOES N-P Sounder
SEM-2 (Space Environment Monitor)
SXI (Solar X-Ray Imager)
Project Scientist(s): Dennis Chesters

Relevant Science Focus Areas:

  • Climate Variability and Chang
  • Weather

Relevant Science Questions:

  • How is the global Earth system changing?

Related Applications:

  • Weather Prediction