NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations

GOES-16 Transition

GOES-R launched on November 19, 2016 and along with GOES-S (2018) and GOES-T (2020) will extend the availability of the operational GOES satellite system through 2036. When the GOES-R reached geostationary orbit on November 29, 2016, it was renamed GOES-16.

On May 25, 2017, NOAA announced GOES-16’s operational location as GOES-East. The GOES-East position was chosen primarily because it offers full coverage of the continental United States and provides optimal viewing of the states and cities in the Plains, Midwest and East most impacted by severe weather events including Atlantic Hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes, major winter storms, and flooding.

GOES-16 is planned to begin drifting to the GOES-East operational location of 75.2 degrees west longitude on November 30, 2017. Drift is scheduled to complete on December 11, 2017, and nominal operations will resume by December 20, 2017. During the drift period, five instruments (ABI, GLM, SUVI, SEISS, and EXIS) will be placed in safe or diagnostic modes and will not be capturing or distributing data. MAG is the only instrument that will continue to operate with nominal data distribution, but with data outages on days of drift start (11/30) and drift stop (12/11). GOES Rebroadcast (GRB), Data Collection System (DCS), High Rate Information Transmission (HRIT)/ Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN), and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system will be disabled during drift. This is due to X-band radio frequency downlink interference. Read the full transition plan.

Between December 14 - 20, 2017, GRB RF, DCS, HRIT/EMWIN, SARSAT will be activated along with all data distribution services on for GOES-16 as GOES-16 officially becomes GOES-East!  Products from the new GOES-East will continue validation towards Provisional & Full Validation Maturity levels. The old GOES-East (GOES-13) will continue to produce products distributed through GOES-14 (Standby) from December 7, 2017 until turned off on January 3, 2018.

Product availability will depend on validation and satellite dependence. Information on which products are available from GOES-16 and which will be terminated on January 3, 2018 can be found here. The GOES-16 Full Disk Mode Schedule and Abridged GOES-16 ABI Flex Mode (Routine) Schedule are already online, but labeled GOES-East in advance of the actual changeover.

GOES-S is scheduled for launch in spring 2018. GOES-S will be designated GOES-17 once it reaches geostationary orbit. After a checkout and validation phase, GOES-17 will be operational as GOES-West at 137 degrees west longitude.


GOES-R satellite