Game-changer: Under the hood of GOES-16, America's next-generation weather satellite
GOES-16 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on November 19, 2016, revolutionizing the way we collect weather and environmental information from space. The satellite is the first of four in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) GOES-R series, each carrying the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) as the primary payload. In its first hurricane and severe storm season on orbit, ABI is already sending back stunning images of our planet and atmosphere with unprecedented detail and speed, even before the satellite is declared operational in November 2017.
Built by L3Harris, ABI provides three times more spectral channels and four times better spatial resolution than previous weather imagers, with updates that arrive five times faster, 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 tens of thousands of users faster than ever before.