NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations


This NOAA site will no longer provide GOES-East imagery. For access to high resolution GOES-East imagery from GOES-16, please go to the site: We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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 began drifting to the GOES-East operational location of 75.2 degrees west longitude on November 30, 2017. Drift was complete on December 11, 2017, and nominal operations resumed on December 18, 2017 when the satellite was declared GOES-East.

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 8, 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 8, 2018 can be found here. The GOES-16 Full Disk Mode Schedule and Abridged GOES-16 ABI Flex Mode (Routine) Schedule are available online.

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