Imagery from L3Harris GOES-16 ABI courtesy of NOAA/NASA/RAMMB/CIRA. For more imagery, visit NOAA’s GOES-16 Data and Imagery page and the RAMMB/CIRA GOES-16 Loop of the Day.

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.

Improve Severe Weather

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.

Under the hood of GOES-16, America's next-generation weather satellite


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GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational data and are undergoing testing. Users bear all responsibility for inspecting the data prior to use and for the manner in which the data are utilized.

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A - GOES-R Series
1 - 2-Mirror Scanner
2 - Longer Detector Arrays
3 - More Detectors
4 - Star Navigation
5 - Solar Calibration
6 - Blackbody Calibration
B - GOES-R Ground System
Diagram of ABI components