GOES-NOP Constellation

Concept art showing GOES-N satellite high in orbit above the Earth

GOES-N concept art. (Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

NOAA’s Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA) conducts planning, system studies, system acquisition, design, integration, and evaluation of operational environmental satellite projects. OPPA defines system concept and performance objectives and specifications, based on requirements, for implementation by current or future environmental satellite projects. Additionally, OPPA leads the NOAA-wide development of the NOAA Integrated Earth Observation and Data Management System Portfolio.

Rocket carrying the GOES-N satellite on the launch pad as the rocket lifts off
Launch vehicle during take-off carrying the GOES-N satellite into orbit.
(Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The GOES-NOP satellite series represents the fourth generation NOAA Geosynchronous satellite. This series includes three identically built satellites each containing the same suite of instruments. The GOES-NOP series employs two new significant technology enhancements and has added a new space environmental instrument to its instrument suite. The first significant technology is an advanced attitude control system using star trackers. It improves the instrument’s pointing performance and provides for better image navigation and registration to locate severe storms and other events important to the NOAA National Weather Service. The second significant enhancement is a higher resolution Imager instrument. Nadir resolution for example improved from 1.0km to 0.5km. The new space environmental instrument is the Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument. The SXI instrument supports NOAA’s space weather mission by providing near real time images of the sun.

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Black and white satellite photo centered over North and South America with clouds

The first full-disc scan of Earth in visible wavelenghts on June 22, 2006.
(Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)