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GOES-16 Game Changer
The Future of Weather Monitoring Has Arrived
Imagery from L3Harris GOES-16 ABI courtesy of NOAA/NASA/RAMMB/CIRA. For more imagery, visit
GOES-16 is revolutionizing the way we collect weather and environmental information from space. In its first hurricane and severe storm season on orbit, the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is already sending back stunning images of our planet and atmosphere with unprecedented detail and speed.
Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in November 2016, GOES-16 is the first of four satellites in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) GOES-R Series, each carrying the ABI as the primary payload. The satellite is expected to be declared operational in November 2017, but has already helped forecasters issue earlier and more accurate warnings for life-threatening severe weather, including during hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Built by L3Harris, ABI provides three times more spectral channels and four times better spatial resolution than previous weather imagers with updates that arrive as fast as every 30 seconds, improving every aspect of severe weather forecasting and environmental monitoring. The L3Harris-built GOES-R Ground System flies the satellites, processes the vast volumes of data, and delivers the data and products to forecasters and thousands of other users faster than ever before.