NOAA -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Our Satellites

NOAA operates several satellites and a network of antennas and ground stations that collect, process, and distribute environmental data. Our satellites are part of a world-wide constellation that supports forecasting around the globe.

 

Satellite Operations


A photo of the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility

Our team operates a vast network of antennas and ground stations across the country responsible for providing 24/7 operation of our current satellites. These systems maintain the satellites precise orbits and provide the uninterrupted flow of environmental information forecasters and emergency managers rely on.

 

How Satellites Work


An Image Illustration of the Earth

How do you test a satellite to make sure it can survive the rigors of launch? What is a satellite altimeter and how does it work?

 

Launching Soon


An Image Illustration of the NOAA Satellites

Our newest satellites, coming to an orbit near you! Next up: JPSS-1 and Cosmic-2A.

 

Currently Flying


An image illustration of GOES East and West, Jason-3, Suomi NPP, DSCOVR Satellites

GOES-16, GOES East and West, Jason-3, Suomi NPP, DSCOVR, and other stars of the fleet deliver data daily, powering forecast models, watches and warnings for all types of weather and environmental conditions.

 

International Satellites


International Satellites Image Illustration

No one country alone can afford to effectively monitor the entire Earth. NOAA uses data from partners around the globe to create a more complete understanding of our dynamic planet.

 

History


45 Years History of the NOAA NESDIS

NOAA satellites have been operating for over 45 years. Check out a few of our favorites throughout history.