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GOES program status
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Paper Abstract

Two successful launches of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) provide continuous images and atmosphere soundings from positions over the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. GOES-8, launched April 13, 1994 and GOES-9, launched on May 23, 1995 are the first three axis stabilized meteorological satellites ever placed in orbit. Their unique capabilities have provided over two years of opportunities for observing the atmosphere with 1 km resolution visible and 4 and 8 km infrared channels at 3.9, 6.7, 10.7, and 12.0 micrometers. In addition, the 19- channel atmospheric sounders provide soundings throughout the atmosphere over vast portions of the two oceans. This paper describes the status of current GOES satellites and provides a look into the future for coming spacecraft and instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254068
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald J. Dittberner, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service/NOAA (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2812:
GOES-8 and Beyond
Edward R. Washwell, Editor(s)

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