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GOES-16 and GOES-17 ABI INR assessment
Author(s): Bin Tan; John Dellomo; Robert Wolfe; Alan Reth
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Paper Abstract

The first two satellites of the US Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) were launched on November 19, 2016 and March 1, 2018 respectively. GOES-16 officially became GOES East on December 18, 2017, and the designation of GOES-17 as GOES West occurred on February 12 2019. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is the primary instrument on GOES-16 and GOES-17 for imaging Earth’s surface and atmosphere to significantly improve the detection and observation of severe environmental phenomena. The Image Navigation and Registration (INR) Performance Assessment Tool Set (IPATS) was developed to assess INR performance of GOES-R series ABI images. In this paper, we first describe the assessment of IPATS algorithm accuracy. Next, we present the relationship between view zenith angle (VZA) and the quality of the IPATS measurements. Lastly, we present GOES-16 and GOES-17 navigation (NAV) assessments results from flight data spanning from the start of INR assessment to June 2019. The results show a) IPATS “stair step” measurement error is less or equal to 0.06 ABI pixel with IPATS baseline configuration; b) VZA is an effective filter to exclude outliers of the measurements; and c) ABI INR for both satellites has improved over time as postlaunch tests (PLT) were performed and corrections applied. This paper also shows that the post-launch INR tuning of GOES-17 was much shorter than GOES-16.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11127, Earth Observing Systems XXIV, 111271D (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529336
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Bin Tan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
John Dellomo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Global Science & Technology, Inc. (United States)
Robert Wolfe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alan Reth, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Chesapeake Aerospace, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11127:
Earth Observing Systems XXIV
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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