The Mission of GOES Satellites

GOES satellites carry the Solar Ultraviolet Imager, which measures solar activity in the extreme ultraviolet range, to improve numerical weather prediction models and environmental sensor design. GOES’ primary payload instruments are the Imager and the Sounder. These sensors provide data on vertical atmospheric temperature profiles, cloud top temperatures, and ozone distribution. The mission of GOES satellites is to improve the understanding of the Earth’s environment.


GOES receives the visible light from the Sun and reflects it off the surface of the Earth. Because GOES images are only available during daylight hours, they are only useful during the daytime. GOES satellites provide scientists with important information for forecasting and severe storm tracking. GOES images also show the areas of Earth that are not cloudy. In addition, they provide scientists with a better understanding of land and the processes that influence it.

GOES satellites operate in geostationary orbit, which means they can view the continental United States, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. GOES spacecrafts have three-axis body-stabilized design and can observe clouds in real time. GOES data from the SEISS and GOES-R satellites are used to predict weather patterns in the future. These images are vital in providing early warning of severe weather conditions. The GOES satellites are designed to provide weather and climate forecasts around the world.

GOES spacecrafts are operated at the Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station on Wallops Island, Virginia. The images provided by GOES satellites are called Level 1a and Level 1b. GOES is used to determine the location of the tropopause. The images collected from GOES are also used for weather forecasting. GOES also collects data on the surface of the Earth, including land. The data provided by GOES satellites will help meteorologists understand the land and understand how severe weather develops.

GOES satellites have regular schedules to scan Earth. The GOES East instrument can scan the whole visible hemisphere while GOES West can cover only the entire North American continent. Moreover, GOES sensors can detect ice fields and map sea ice movements. They are also a valuable tool to forecast extreme weather. In fact, GOES data are invaluable to the weather forecasting industry. Its use in predicting severe weather is crucial to our daily lives.

GOES satellites are also used for weather forecasting. The GOES satellites are in geostationary orbits, meaning that they can track the movement of storms. Their images provide meteorologists with accurate and timely information on how severe weather will affect the area they are in. These satellites are extremely important for forecasting and weather forecasting. However, the GOES satellites are not the only satellites that provide data. Besides the GOES, they are also used to monitor ocean waves.

The GOES satellites are co-developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and are used for weather monitoring. GOES satellites are launched into geostationary orbits and are named with a letter before being named. Once in geostationary orbit, GOES satellites are renamed with a number to differentiate them from each other. The GOES-N series includes GOES-13, GOES-14, a polar-orbiting system, and GOES-15.