Earth Observation Mission News
NOAA retires GOES-13 satellite after 10 years of stellar service
08 January 2018
Make way for the next generation of weather imagery! NOAA's GOES-13 satellite has captured some of the most notorious weather events in recent U.S. history – from paralysing blizzards in the North-east and Mid-west, to destructive hurricanes like Sandy in 2012 and last summer's historic run of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.
But with the emergence of the next-generation GOES-16 as NOAA's new GOES-East satellite, GOES-13, which held the position since April 2010, was powered down on 08 January 2018. It can be reactivated if one of NOAA's other operational or backup satellites experiences trouble.
Image credit: NASA - Artist's conception of the GOES-13 satellite orbiting the Earth.