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ECLIPSE 2024

A GOES-16 MDS request has been coordinated for Tuesday, April 8, 2024, when a Total Solar Eclipse will take place over North America. This eclipse will appear first in the Eastern Pacific and move across Mexico, the United States, and finally over Canada before ending in the North Atlantic Tuesday evening. For this request, the […]

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GOES-U to Launch in June

GOES-U Launch Rescheduled to Lift Off After Minor Delay Exciting news for weather watchers! The launch of GOES-U, the final satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25th. This shift allows extra time for engineers to complete repairs and tests on the Falcon Heavy core booster after a minor liquid oxygen […]

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

GOES-U Launch Rescheduled to Lift Off After Minor Delay Updated March 26. 2024 The launch of GOES-U, the final satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25th. This shift allows extra time for engineers to complete repairs and tests on the Falcon Heavy core booster after a minor liquid oxygen leak […]

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Simon’s World Map

UPDATE: 03-24-2024 Simon has updated the map (Current: Version 1.4.0) ntroducing the ultimate world map for satellite enthusiasts: a powerful and user-friendly tool that goes way beyond just showing you the Earth! Have you ever wished your world map could do more? This software is a game-changer. It’s packed with features specifically designed for satellite […]

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Mixed results for NOAA Funding

Funding Update for Civil Space Programs in Recent Bill March 10, 2024 – US Congress has passed a final fiscal year 2024 spending bill that provides, in some cases, significantly less funding than requested for civil space programs. The recent spending bill offered mixed results for various civil space programs. Here’s a breakdown: Wins for […]

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Meteor M 2-4 Launch

Meteor-M No. 2-4, will rocket off on February 29th. Liftoff from the Vostochny Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket is scheduled for 8:43 Moscow time (5:43 UTC).

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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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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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