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All instruments for NOAA's GOES-R satellite now integrated with spacecraft

12 January 2015

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All six instruments that will fly on the NOAA's Geostationary Operational Satellite - R (GOES-R) satellite have now completed integration onto the spacecraft.

The instruments are: the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), the Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS), the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS), the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Magnetometer.

Together, these instruments will offer significant improvements for the observation of both terrestrial weather and space weather that impact life on Earth. The GOES-R series satellites will offer enhanced hurricane track and intensity forecasts, increased severe weather warning lead time, improved solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions, better data for long-term climate variability studies, improved aviation flight route planning, and better monitoring of space weather to improve geomagnetic storm forecasting.

"The completion of the instruments integration marks another critical step in the development of the GOES-R satellite as we look forward to launch in March 2016," said Greg Mandt, NOAA's GOES-R System Program Director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "We are now focusing our efforts on the environmental testing phase, the next step for the GOES-R spacecraft, to ensure the satellite is prepared to withstand the rigors of launch and operation in the extreme environment of space."

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Image credit: NASA - GOES-R ABI installation

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