Earth Observation Mission News
GOES-R has become GOES-16
30 November 2016
Now that GOES-R, the first in NOAA's GOES-R series of satellites, has reached geostationary orbit, it has officially become GOES-16.
When GOES satellites are planned, designed and built, NOAA assigns each one with a letter (-A, -B, -C…). Then, once the satellite reaches geostationary orbit, the satellite is given a number designation. For example, GOES-O, once in orbit, was designated GOES-14.
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