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Offline Citabria

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« on: 08/28/2017 05:10 PM »
Launched last November, not yet operational, but already returning very nice image loops (including eclipse tracks):

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Re: GOES-16
« Reply #1 on: 08/28/2017 05:58 PM »
Indeed, wonderful shots! I also noticed that the weather channel has aptly labeled `GOES-16' footage. Hopefully the name will resonate in the minds of the public, though I'm not holding my breath

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Re: GOES-16
« Reply #2 on: 11/30/2017 07:19 PM »
November 27, 2017

GOES-16 will begin drifting to the GOES-East operational location of 75.2 degrees west longitude on November 30, 2017. Drift is scheduled to complete on December 11, 2017, and nominal operations will resume by December 20, 2017.

On November 30, 2017, between 1300-1430 UTC, five GOES-16 instruments five instruments (ABI, GLM, SUVI, SEISS, and EXIS) will be placed in safe or diagnostic modes and GOES Rebroadcast (GRB), Data Collection System (DCS), High Rate Information Transmission (HRIT)/ Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN), and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system will be disabled. After 1430 UTC on November 30, 2017, GOES-16 will begin drifting from its present location of 89.3 degrees west longitude. It will complete the drift on December 11, 2017, when it reaches its final operational location of 75.2 degrees west.

During the drift period from November 30 December 11, ABI, GLM, SUVI, SEISS, and EXIS will not be capturing or distributing data. GRB, DCS, HRIT/EMWIN, and SARSAT are disabled during drift. This is due to X-band radio frequency downlink interference. The GOES-16 MAG instrument will continue to operate nominally during drift with the exception of four outages during spacecraft maneuvers during the drift.

On December 7, 2017, GOES-13 GOES VARiable (GVAR) service will begin relay through GOES-14 and will be available through both satellites until December 14, 2017, at which time GOES-13 GVAR will only be transmitted through GOES-14. GOES-13 GVAR users will need to repoint their antennas to 105 degrees west to maintain receipt of GOES-13 data. Once GOES-16 reaches 75.2 degrees west on December 11, 2017, there will be three to nine days of calibration activity. All instruments will resume nominal operations by December 20, 2017, and GOES-16 will officially become GOES-East. There will be a period of overlap with GOES-13 after GOES-16 becomes GOES-East. GOES-13 will remain on and provide data until January 2, 2018, at which time it will begin drifting to its storage location at 60 degrees west. During this period of overlap, GOES-13 GVAR will be relayed through GOES-14. Additional information will be communicated as needed.

All drift and transition operations will be led by the NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) with GOES-R Program operational support. Final scheduling of drift operations may change based on operational needs and will be a NOAA-level decision.