GOES-17 late September update: schedule to operational status!

GOES-17 satellite artist image

GOES-17’s imager is scheduled to be commissioned in December 2018, or shortly thereafter. Image courtesy: NOAA

Hello everyone,

Today, NOAA/NWS released the schedule for transitioning GOES-West from GOES-15 to GOES-17. Here’s the timetable:

GOES-17 will start drifting west on October 24, and then be in position on November 13 at 135 degrees west longitude. As this happens, the operational GOES-West satellite, GOES-15, drifts to 128 degrees west. And, little data will be available from GOES-17.

On November 15, test GOES-17 data will resume. There will then be three more weeks of diagnostic testing, and if all is well, on or after December 10, it will be commissioned and become GOES-West. They might need additional weeks to test the satellite, so it’s operational status could be delayed a few more weeks after that.

Now, here’s something I want to emphasize, and you won’t like it, so put on your frowny-frowny face: this commissioning only affects the imager. Unfortunately, other channels will likely have to wait until sometime early next year before they can be commissioned, and data can be sent. That data is still under product evaluation and tweaking, and it takes longer to do that. The good news is that lightning data will probably start to be sent at or before the spring of 2019, meaning that if all GOES well (see what I did there?), it will be ready for the next severe weather season. Furthermore, its two mesoscale sectors can be placed in the central Plains if there’s nothing going on elsewhere out west. You’ll be GOesing nuts (OK, I’ll stop now) with all of the great imagery and data!

And when GOES-17 is commissioned, yes, AllisonHouse will carry all that data (I mean, it’s against who we are to do otherwise!). From the Philippines to far west Africa, you’ll be able to see it all as it happens every 15 minutes with 2 KM resolution on the visible channels (and in the U.S., every 5 minutes, with 1/4 KM visible channel resolution).

The golden age of weather satellites is now upon us. Take a deep breath, and jump right in with both feet with AllisonHouse! Oh, and if you want to see this data at full resolution (and who doesn’t!), hop on board with AllisonHouse Maps. Right now you can see GOES-16 in all of its stunning glory, and we’ll add the data from its slightly younger brother, GOES-17, as soon as we have the data. You can do that by subscribing to our Storm Hunter package, which is a steal for what you get. And you can get Storm Hunter right here:



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