Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R)

Goes-r

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is a series of NOAA satellites focused on weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and meteorological research. The National Weather Service uses images from the GOES-R satellites for weather monitoring and forecasting.

First launched in 1974, the GOES-R currently has four operational satellites that operate in geosynchronous orbit, meaning that the satellites stay stationary over a point on the earth. As a result of these stable positions, the satellites provide images of short weather events including storms and hurricanes.