Providing Real-Time Weather Forecasts and Early Warning Alerts
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R), mission will improve forecasting quality and timeliness generating significant economic benefits to the nation in the areas of climate monitoring, ecosystems management, commerce and transportation. Data from the GOES system provides accurate real-time weather forecast and early warning products to the public and private sectors.
Lockheed Martin has been selected by NASA to design and build the next-generation GOES-R for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company has a long history – dating back five decades – of developing highly reliable civil and military weather and environmental satellite systems including Landsat, TIROS, Terra and DMSP.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems designed the spacecraft and is responsible for assembly, test and launch operations, and mission operations. The company’s GOES-R solution builds upon the renowned A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft bus and proven precision imaging capabilities from previous remote sensing programs. The A2100 satellite fleet currently consists of 36 satellites and has achieved more than 250 accumulated years of successful in-orbit operations.
In addition to designing and building the spacecraft, NASA has selected Lockheed Martin to design and build the Solar-Ultra-Violet Imager and Geostationary Lighting Mapper instruments to fly on the next-generation GOES-R spacecraft. The imager will monitor solar activity in ultraviolet wavelengths, providing key information on the effects of the Sun on the Earth and near-Earth space environment. The Lightning Mapper is a suite of instruments designed for the study and prediction of weather conditions on Earth and in the heliosphere.