Topic: GOES-15 Yaw Flip Maneuver is scheduled for March 20, 2019

Date/Time Issued: March 12, 2019 M-B1645 UTC

Product(s) or Data Impacted: GOES-15 Imager and Sounder Data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: M-BMarch 20, 2019 M-B2000 UTC

Date/Time of Expected End: March 22, 2019 0044 UTC

Length of Outage: 1 hour for maneuver (2000 UTC - 2059 UTC); 27 hours and 45 minutes for recovery period (March 20, 2019 2100 UTC - March 22, 2019 0044 UTC).

Details/Specifics of Change: GOES-15 will be performing a Yaw Flip Maneuver for one hour on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 2000 UTC through 2059 UTC. M-BThere is no back up date for this maneuver.M-B It will need to be conducted during a critical weather day. M-BA recovery period will follow immediately and last until March 22, 2019 at 0044 UTC.M-B During the recovery period, routine imager and sounder scans will be performed; however, the navigation may still be out of specifications until the end of the recovery period. No GOES-15 (GOES-West) RSO requests will be approved during the maneuver/maneuver recovery period.

If NWS Regions have any operational concerns, please contact the NCEP SDM (301) 683-1500 at least 6 hours prior to the maneuver time. There is no backup date for the Yaw Flip.

GOES-16 (GOES-East) will continue to run Mode 3 which has a 15 minute Full Disk cadence. M-B

On March 21, 2019 0800-1100 UTC, the following images and soundings will be shortened or replaced due to navigation constraints during eclipse.


0815 UTC PACUS replaced with 0819 UTC SUBCONUS

0845 UTC PACUS replaced with 0849 UTC SUBCONUS

0900 UTC Full Disk replaced with 0900 UTC Full Disk short

0945 UTC PACUS replaced with 0949 UTC SUBCONUS

1015 UTC PACUS replaced with 1019 UTC SUBCONUS

1045 UTC PACUS replaced with 1049 UTC SUBCONUS


0801 UTC Limited CONUS replaced with 0801 UTC short CONUS

0924 UTC N. Pacific replaced with 0924 UTC Limited N. Pacific

1024 UTC N. Pacific replaced with 1024 UTC Limited N. Pacific

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