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Next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R series): a space segment overview
Author(s): Alexander Krimchansky; Dino Machi; Sandra A. Cauffman; Martin A. Davis
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Paper Abstract

The next-generation National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R series) is currently being developed by NOAA in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The GOES-R series satellites represents a significant improvement in spatial, temporal, and spectral observations (several orders of magnitude) over the capabilities of the currently operational GOES-I/M series and GOES-N series satellite to be launched at the end of 2004. The GOES-R series will incorporate technically advanced "third-generation" instruments and spacecraft enhancements to meet evolving observational requirements of forecasting for the era 2012-2025. The GOES-R instrument complement being developed includes an Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), a Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES), a GEO Lightning Mapper (GLM), a Solar Imaging Suite (SIS) and a Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS). Also, candidates for a number of GOES-R Pre-Planned Product Improvements (P3Is) includes a Geo Microwave Sounder, a Coronagraph, a Hyperspectral Imager, and a Solar Irradiance Sensor. Currently, the GOES-R space segment architecture is being evaluated as part of a GOES-R system End-to-End Architecture Study. The GOES-R notional baseline architecture is a constellation of two satellites (A-sat and B-sat) each nominally located at 75 degrees West longitude and at 135 degrees West longitude at geostationary altitude, 0 degrees inclination. The primary mission of the A-sat is to provide imaging from the ABI. The A-sat will also contain the SIS and the GLM. The primary mission of the B-sat is to provide sounding of the hemispherical disk of the earth from the HES. The B-sat also contains the SEISS. Both satellites have mesoscale capabilities for severe weather sounding or imaging. This paper overviews the GOES-R Space Segment development including satellite constellation trade-off, improvements and differences between the current and future instrument and spacecraft capabilities, and technology infusion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5570, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565281
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander Krimchansky, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dino Machi, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Sandra A. Cauffman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Martin A. Davis, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5570:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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