Life after GOES, The GEO XO mission

Unveiling the Future of Earth Observation: NOAA’s GeoXO Mission Get ready for a game-changer in Earth observation! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is gearing up for the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) mission, a next-generation constellation of satellites that will revolutionize our understanding of our planet. NOAA expects that GeoXO will begin operating in […]

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GOES-U, the 4th and Last of the GOES-R Series

GOES-U Delayed!!! Updated February 27, 2024 NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than May 2024 for the launch of the fourth and final satellite in NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series, GOES-U. The new date allows for additional testing and preparation of a new Falcon Heavy center core booster after […]

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GPS positioning on board GOES

Steady as she GOES

Keeping GOES-R steady: GOES-R satellites constantly adjust their mirrors to capture precise Earth images. To do this smoothly, they must know exactly how they’re tilted and moving in space. This information comes from two sensors: Combining these inputs, GOES-R can constantly adjust its mirrors to counteract any jitters and stay perfectly still. Accuracy under pressure: […]

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The new CCOR instrument aboard GOES-U

Our Sun, a colossal ball of plasma, is a dynamic entity, constantly emitting flares, eruptions, and streams of charged particles. Among these phenomena are Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), massive expulsions of solar material that can travel millions of miles per hour and pose significant risks to Earth’s infrastructure and technology. To monitor these solar storms […]

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End Of Life for NOAA 15,18,19?….not so fast…

Nothing lasts forever…. Update 09/27/2023 The AVHRR/3 sensor on board NOAA 15 has repeatedly seized, and no other attempts will be made to recover the instrument. However, the spacecraft itself remains healthy and other subsystems remain active. Therefore, there is no plan for decommissioning the spacecraft at this time. It is important to note that […]

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SUVI imagery from GOES-16

Monitoring Space Weather

The Importance of Monitoring Space Weather The sun is a dynamic and active star, and its activity can significantly impact Earth. The sun’s atmosphere is made up of hot, ionized plasma, and the sun’s magnetic field is constantly changing. These changes can lead to the formation of solar storms, which are large eruptions of plasma […]

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Geo Magnetic Storm 04.23.2023

On April 21, 2023, a coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred on the sun, resulting in the emission of a high-speed burst of plasma that traveled towards Earth at a velocity of approximately two million miles per hour. This event triggered a severe geomagnetic storm that attained level 4 out of 5 on NOAA’s space weather […]

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The Kessler Syndrome

Updated April 14th, 2023 On 11 January 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite missile test. A China weather satellite—the FY-1C polar-orbiting satellite of the Fengyun series, at an altitude of 865 kilometers (537 mi), with a mass of 750 kilograms (1,650 lb) —was destroyed by a kinetic kill vehicle traveling at a speed of 8 km/s (18,000 mph) in the opposite direction. A Head-On Engagement attack like this has […]

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Satellite imagery reprojection method

One of the fun parts of receiving satellite imagery is what you can do with the post-processing of the images. Map projections are mathematical models that allow us to represent a three-dimensional surface of the Earth on a two-dimensional map. There are many types of map projections, and each has its own set of advantages […]

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The Seasons

The Seasons

The four seasons, namely spring, summer, fall, and winter, are part of the natural cycle of the Earth’s orbit around the sun. Each season is defined by a unique combination of astronomical and climatic factors, which affect weather patterns, animal behavior, plant growth, and human activities. The GOES-R Series satellites, operated by the National Oceanic […]

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