GOES-17 preliminary, non-operational data is here at AllisonHouse. Maps subscribers have it available now!
The image is stunning. Yes, the satellite is inoperable in its infrared channels during the spring and fall months for a few hours each night, but the imagery quality far surpasses that of GOES-15. Data from that satellite takes 10-15 minutes to get to AllisonHouse. With GOES-17, that delay is under 2 minutes, and at full resolution! See my previous blogposts about its capabilities and the nighttime issues. Mike Gibson is working on an update for GREarth to incorporate GOES-17 as well.
As for its official commission date? That’s up in the air again. Although it was scheduled for the week of January 7, the partial federal government shutdown is possibly going to delay that again. Even so, the testing has largely been completed, and the imagery looks phenomenal, just like GOES-16 imagery does. So, what are you waiting for? Hop on AllisonHouse Maps and check it out. You won’t be disappointed!