We are just a few years away from seeing significant improvements in satellite remote sensing and even better weather forecasts and warnings.
The first of six instruments that will fly on GOES-R… NOAA's next-generation of geostationary operational environmental satellites… has been completed seven months before its scheduled installation onto the spacecraft.
The instrument… the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors… or EXIS… will provide forecasters at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center with some of the most important early warnings of impending solar storms. It will also give scientists a more accurate measure of the extremes in solar energy radiating toward earth, which can severely disrupt telecommunications, air travel, and the performance of power grids.
GOES-R… scheduled to launch in 2015… will be more advanced than NOAA's current GOES fleet. The satellites are expected to more than double the clarity of today's GOES imagery and provide more atmospheric observations than current capabilities with more frequent images.
Data from the GOES-R instruments will be used to create many different products… enabling meteorologists and other users to better monitor the atmosphere… land… ocean and the sun… facilitating more timely and accurate forecasts and warnings.
The University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) built and tested EXIS.
EXIS will be shipped from the LASP site in Boulder to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in Littleton, Colorado later this year to be installed onto the spacecraft. Lockheed is building the GOES-R spacecraft.
The remaining GOES-R instruments to be delivered are:
NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA program office… staffed with personnel from NOAA and NASA and co-located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
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