The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-series (GOES-R) program is a key element of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission. This new series of satellites will offer improved instrument technologies that will result in improved detection and observation of meteorological phenomena. This will assist the meteorological community to provide more accurate and timely forecasts. The first satellite in the GOES-R series was launched on 11/19/16. The next satellite, GOES-S, will launch in early March 2018, followed by GOES-T and GOES-U to round out the series.
The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program is the next generation of NOAA’s polar orbiting environmental satellites. Through a combined effort between NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spanning 40 years, the first next-generation satellite launched in October 2011: The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP). JPSS represents significant technological and scientific improvements in environmental monitoring and will help advance weather, climate, environmental, and oceanic sciences. JPSS provides operational continuity of the existing NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) along with SNPP. NOAA is responsible for running and operating the JPSS program, while NASA is responsible for developing and building the JPSS spacecraft. JPSS-1 is scheduled to launch in September 2017.
This blog serves as a vehicle to demonstrate the current and future capabilities of these satellite programs. Various satellite proving grounds have spun up at a few of the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers, including the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), the Aviation Weather Center (AWC), the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Weather Prediction Center (WPC), the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service’s (NESDIS) Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB). Satellite Proving Ground product demonstrations are also taking place at various NWS Forecast Offices through coordination by the Operations Proving Ground (OPG) and the Alaska and Pacific Regions, with the Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) participating in the training effort as we approach the launch of these next generation satellites.