Mission Possible: GOES-R – Next Generation Weather Satellite Delivers Down to Earth Impact

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series (GOES-R) Ground System delivers imagery, atmospheric measurements, and space environment monitoring of the Western Hemisphere to predict severe weather events and observe real-time weather impacts, helping avert life and property loss. The GOES-R Series and its net-centric enterprise management ground system represent a revolutionary leap to the study of weather and Peraton has been a mission partner from the start.

At 22,240 miles out in geostationary orbit, GOES-16 is radically improving sensing resolution, data content, and capacity of observations per hour. Launched November 19, 2016 from Cape Canaveral as GOES-R, the satellite was re-named GOES-16 in orbit as post-launch testing phase began. On December 18, 2017 it replaced GOES-13 as the GOES East operational satellite.

Building on fifty years of experience in satellite ground and weather processing systems, Peraton engineers provide deep expertise including mission management and OS/COMET’s advanced telemetry, tracking and control capabilities to support GOES-R’s mission of capturing vital imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment. Peraton’s strong customer partnership, from the program start-up in 2009, through successive developmental phases, endures now and into the future.

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