The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites, is scheduled to launch in Fall 2016. The program is a collaborative development and acquisition effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The GOES-R satellite will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere and space weather monitoring. It will be the primary tool for the detection and tracking of hurricanes and severe weather and provide new and improved applications and products for fulfilling NOAA’s goals of Water and Weather, Climate, Commerce, and Ecosystem.
The satellite will be launched with six primary instruments. RSI has supported both the Global Lightning Monitor (GLM) and the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). From NASA, "The Advanced Baseline Imager is the primary instrument on GOES-R for imaging Earth’s weather, oceans and environment. ABI will view the Earth with 16 different spectral bands (compared to five on current GOES), including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels, and ten infrared channels.
It will provide three times more spectral information, four times the spatial resolution, and more than five times faster temporal coverage than the current system.ABI is a mission critical payload on GOES-R, providing more than 65 percent of all mission data products currently defined."
RSI provides subject matter expertise to the ABI flight project in detectors, calibration, and systems engineering. In addition, RSI has performed stray light modeling and contamination modeling for ABI.
For the GLM, "The Geostationary Lightning Mapper is a single-channel, near-infrared optical transient detector that can detect the momentary changes in an optical scene, indicating the presence of lightning. GLM will measure total lightning (in-cloud, cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground) activity continuously over the Americas and adjacent ocean regions with near-uniform spatial resolution of approximately 10 km." RSI provides science and algorithm support to the GLM.