OIG reccomends changes to NOAA GOES launch schedule/storage

NOAA Should Reassess Geostationary Satellite Launch Plans The Commerce Department Inspector General warned last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may be increasing risk in the development of its environmental satellites. OIG auditors did not ask for a delay of GOES-T’s launch, they did ask NOAA to conduct an analysis of alternatives regarding whether to […]

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Hunga Tonga Eruption

Hunga Tonga Hunga Haʻapai Eruption On 20 December 2021 Hunga Tonga Hunga Haʻapai erupted after being relatively inactive since 2014, causing a large plume that was visible from Nukuʻalofa. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre Wellington NZ issued an advisory to airlines. Explosions could be heard up to 170 kilometers (110 mi) away. The initial eruption continued until 2 am on […]

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Post Processing of received imagery.

So, for a little over two years now, I have been receiving, directly, GOES 16,17, and Himawari 8, along with various APT satellites like Meteor M2 and NOAA 15,18, and 19. I have stored about 3.8 Terrabytes of data from these sats, and, if you’ve been following along on my website, I a constantly trying […]

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GOES-T/18 Transition to Operations

GOES-West Transition Plan – Swap of GOES-17/18 GOES-17 ABI has been operating with a Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) Anomaly for its entire lifetime which results in degraded imagery during four warm periods of each year. Recent anomalies have caused further challenges in regulating the ABI Focal Plane Module (FPM) temperatures, resulting in additional warming and […]

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GOES T Launch bumped to March 1, 2022

Countdown to Launch: March 1st, 2022 NOAA’s GOES-T is set for liftoff on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 4:38 p.m. EST. NOAA and NASA are now targeting March 1, 2022, as the new launch date for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T […]

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GOES-T in Florida and ULA Rocket arrive.

After a truck and Super Galaxy plane ride from Colorado to Florida on November 9th, the GOES T Shipping container was opened for inspection at the Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida. The newest weather satellite was removed and orientated vertically and set up on the stand for more tests, inspections, and later fueling and […]

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GOES-T: Road to Launch

Updated 11/11/2021Shipping a satellite is no small feat. GOES-T is the size of a small school bus and weighs over 6,000 pounds! The spacecraft team at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado, where GOES-T was built, carefully packed the satellite in a special shipping container that protected its sensitive instruments and functioned as a miniature cleanroom […]

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GOES-T’s launch has been delayed to March 1, 2022.

Updated 11-18-2021 NOAA and NASA are now targeting March 1, 2022, as the new launch date for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T (GOES-T) mission. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, shifts in launch dates for missions scheduled ahead of GOES-T prompted NASA, NOAA, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to coordinate […]

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Argh-who took a chunk out of my image?

Argh-who took a chunk out of my image? If you are seeing strange images around 05:00 -09:30 UTC Depending on orbital position and satellite, like the ones below, don’t immediately run to check all your settings and connections!! It can happen around satellite local midnight time, and the ABIwould see a direct head-on view of […]

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NOAA to replace GOES17 satellite with GOES T ahead of schedule

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans on June 25, 2021, to move its geostationary weather satellite, which is scheduled to launch in December, into an operational role “as soon as possible.”  This advances the previous GOES-T flyout and operational status schedule by a whopping 4 years. No word as of yet for GOES […]

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