EGU24-11150, updated on 09 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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NOAA's Plans for its GEO Program from Today to 2050

Andrew Heidinger1, Daniel Lindsey1, Joanna Joiner2, and Pamela Sullivan1
Andrew Heidinger et al.
  • 1NOAA, NESDIS, GEO, United States of America (
  • 2NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States of America

NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series is now six years into its operational life with GOES-16 serving as GOES East, GOES-18 serving as GOES West, and GOES-17 in on-orbit storage.  The last GOES-R Series satellite (GOES-U) will launch in late April 2024.  Together the GOES-R satellites watch more than half the globe – from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand, and from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean and will continue operations into the 2030s.

To ensure the continuity of these critical observations, NOAA has initiated the mission that will follow GOES-R, the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) program.  GeoXO will expand the weather-centric mission of GOES-R's imagers and lightning mappers by adding a hyperspectral IR sounder (GXS).  GeoXO will expand beyond the weather mission by including hyperspectral sensors that measure atmospheric composition and ocean colour.    

The first GeoXO launch is targeted for 2032 and the series is expected to be operational into the 2050s. This presentation provides a status on GOES-R operations and will also discuss GeoXO requirements, instrument status and  user readiness.

How to cite: Heidinger, A., Lindsey, D., Joiner, J., and Sullivan, P.: NOAA's Plans for its GEO Program from Today to 2050, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-11150,, 2024.