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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #460 on: 09/28/2017 08:16 PM »
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In May, it was announced that GOES-16 would become GOES-East late in the calendar year. This week, detailed drift plans were released! GOES-16 will begin drifting from the checkout position (89.5W) on 30 November, reaching the GOES-East position (75.2W) on 11 December. After a period of calibration, the satellite will return to operations as GOES-East on 14 December. GOES-16 ABI, GLM, SUVI, SEISS, and EXIS data will not be available between 30 Nov and 14 Dec.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #461 on: 09/28/2017 09:35 PM »
I thought NASA only had two ER-2s.
To Conclude this discussion:

There are two U-2S's at Davis-Monthan in storage awaiting upgrades to become the newest ER-2's. The U-2S have new and predecessor features features that current ER-2 do not have. Main difference will be the engine switch to the GE F118-101 and the additions of GPS and modern avionics and displays. This will be the final manned ER-2 conversion from the current manned fleet as the current U-2 family is scheduled to be replaced by an all new version called the UQ-2/RQ-X/TR-X which merges the U-2S with the unmanned RQ-4 to create an optionally manned aircraft.

Some reading material:
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-skunk-works-designing-next-gen-u-2-spy-plane-415842/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2#TR-X
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TR-X
In August 2015, the 60th-year anniversary of the U-2 program, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works revealed they were internally developing a successor to the U-2, referred to as the UQ-2 or RQ-X, combining features from both the manned U-2 and unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk and improving upon them. Disclosed details say the design is essentially an improved U-2 airframe with the same engine, service ceiling, sensors, and cockpit, with the main differences being an optional manning capability (something Lockheed has proposed for the U-2 to the Air Force several times but has never gained traction) and low-observable characteristics. The Air Force has no requirement or timeframe for a next-generation High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) platform, but Lockheed sees a future need and wants something in development early. Having the option of an onboard pilot is considered a deterrent because it can be used in peacetime situations where unmanned aircraft would more likely be engaged, since there is no possibility of killing a person. The company's last attempt to create a stealth unmanned aircraft was the RQ-3 DarkStar, which never made it past flight testing and was canceled.[20] Plans for a U-2 replacement would not conflict with development of the SR-72, another project by the company to create a hypersonic unmanned surveillance plane, as it would be suited for missions that require greater speed for time-sensitive targets.[21]
The company released a notional artist's impression of the TR-X aircraft at an Air Force Association conference in Washington on 14 September 2015. Its name was changed to mean "tactical reconnaissance" to reflect its purpose as an affordable peace and wartime ISR aircraft, distinguishing it from strategic, penetrating SR-71-class platforms; TR is a reference to the short-lived rebranding of the U-2 as the TR-1 in the 1980s. Size, and thus cost, is kept down by having less endurance than the Global Hawk at around 20 hours, which is still about the same time as a normal RQ-4 sortie even though it is capable of flying for 34 hours. Although originally planned to be optionally-unmanned, some Lockheed officials are leaning towards a purely unmanned aircraft, as it is expected that issues with airspace integration of UAVs will be addressed by the time it will be introduced. The TR-X concept is aimed squarely at Air Force needs, and is not currently being marketed to the CIA or other government agencies. It would have increased power and cooling to accommodate new sensors, communication equipment, electronic warfare suites, and perhaps even offensive or defensive laser weapons. TR-X could be ready for service in the 2025 timeframe, with a fleet of 25–30 aircraft proposed to replace the nearly 40-aircraft mix of U-2s and RQ-4s.[22][23][24]
Lockheed revealed more specifications about the TR-X at a 15 March 2016 media day, confirming the aircraft would be unmanned and air refuelable. Its maximum takeoff weight would be greater than either the U-2's or RQ-4's at around 54,000 lb (24,000 kg), with a 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) payload and 130 ft (40 m) wingspan. It will use the same F118-101 turbofan and generator as the U-2, but thrust could increase to 19,000 lb and power increased to 65–75 kVA; service ceiling would increase to 77,000 ft (23,000 m) with a second engine. The TR-X is meant to be "survivable, not unnoticeable," operating outside of enemy air defense bubbles rather than penetrating into them.[25]

Also NASA had at one time more than 2 ER-2s: The image below shows 3 ER-2s of 2 different versions in 1996 before a second newer TR-1A based ER-2 arrived the following year. The later 2 are also at Davis-Monthan in storage.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #462 on: 09/29/2017 02:28 PM »
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This will be the final manned ER-2 conversion from the current manned fleet as the current U-2 family is scheduled to be replaced by an all new version called the UQ-2/RQ-X/TR-X which merges the U-2S with the unmanned RQ-4 to create an optionally manned aircraft.

Is that actually funded, I thought it was just a lockheed proposal...
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #463 on: 09/29/2017 03:48 PM »
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This will be the final manned ER-2 conversion from the current manned fleet as the current U-2 family is scheduled to be replaced by an all new version called the UQ-2/RQ-X/TR-X which merges the U-2S with the unmanned RQ-4 to create an optionally manned aircraft.

Is that actually funded, I thought it was just a lockheed proposal...
As of 2017 LM SW is still proceeding with development at this time now called only TR-X seeking to kick off  testing of 2 prototype aircraft by FY2022. Scaled back plans sees a one for one replacement of the entire U-2 fleet and a one for two replacement of the combined RQ-4 fleets. The USAF recently budgeted extending the U-2 retirement target to NET 2027 with LM ordered to devise upgrades that would create the U-2T.
http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2017-03-20/reprieve-likely-u-2-dragon-lady
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LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #464 on: 10/01/2017 02:32 PM »
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This will be the final manned ER-2 conversion from the current manned fleet as the current U-2 family is scheduled to be replaced by an all new version called the UQ-2/RQ-X/TR-X which merges the U-2S with the unmanned RQ-4 to create an optionally manned aircraft.

Is that actually funded, I thought it was just a lockheed proposal...
As of 2017 LM SW is still proceeding with development at this time now called only TR-X seeking to kick off  testing of 2 prototype aircraft by FY2022. Scaled back plans sees a one for one replacement of the entire U-2 fleet and a one for two replacement of the combined RQ-4 fleets. The USAF recently budgeted extending the U-2 retirement target to NET 2027 with LM ordered to devise upgrades that would create the U-2T.
http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2017-03-20/reprieve-likely-u-2-dragon-lady

This is utter speculation nothing has been agreed or funded in fact the U-2 has reprieved. Any development work that is still being carried out is likely being funded in-house by LM.

http://m.aviationweek.com/federal-budget-2018/usaf-scraps-plans-retire-u-2
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #465 on: 11/28/2017 06:47 PM »
http://www.goes-r.gov/users/transitiontToOperations.html

GOES-16 Drift and Transition to Operations

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.

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GOES-EAST Transition Plan for Replacement of GOES-13 with GOES-16

Please Note: The following dates are subject to change based on operational needs.
     GOES-13    GOES-16
Date    Location    Activity    Location    Activity
Current    

75°W (no change)
   

ESPC Notification of Transition Plan
   

89.3°W (no change)
   

ESPC Notification of Transition Plan
11/30/17    

Slight drift to eastern edge of GOES-East slot at 74.5°W.
   

All Instruments and Services remain in Operations
   

1430 UTC: Drift start at 1.41°/day moving eastward.
   

    1300-1430 UTC: Five instruments (ABI, EXIS, GLM, SUVI, SEISS) placed in safe or diagnostic modes with no data capture or distribution.
    Only MAG continues operating, but with data outages on days of drift start (11/30) and drift stop (12/11).
    1300-1430 UTC: Disable GRB RF, DCS, HRIT/EMWIN, SARSAT

12/7/17    

74.5°W (no change)
   

Nominal GVAR continues and is also rerouted (in duplicate) through GOES-14 GVAR at 105°W. Users should repoint to GOES-14 no later than 12/14/17.
   

Still drifting
   

No change
12/11/17    

74.5°W (no change)
   

Beginning 3 weeks of GOES-13 and GOES-16 ‘co-location’ instrument inter-comparisons.
   

Drift stop at 75.2°W
   

ABI, EXIS, GLM, SUVI commanded to nominal operation modes. ABI INR convergence begins. No change to data distribution – still no GRB RF.
12/12/17    

74.5°W (no change)
   

No change
   

75.2°W (no change)
   

Perform GOES-16 MAG calibration activity.
12/13/17    

74.5°W (no change)
   

No change
   

75.2°W (no change)
   

Data distribution resumes for SBN/AWIPS, PDA, GNC-A, CLASS. Still no GRB RF, DCS, HRIT/EMWIN, SARSAT.
Between 12/14/17 and 12/20/17    

74.5°W (no change)
   

    Disable DCS, LRIT, SARSAT
    Disable nominal GVAR.
    Rerouted GVAR via GOES-14 still in place until 1/2/18 for purposes of enabling seamless user transition to GOES-16 GRB

   

75.2°W (no change)
   

    Activate GRB RF, DCS, HRIT/EMWIN, SARSAT. All data distribution services on for GOES-16!
    GOES-16 officially becomes GOES-East!
    GOES-16 products continue validation towards Provisional & Full Validation Maturity levels.
    Provisional Products (e.g. ABI L1b) no longer require “preliminary, non-operational” data caveat language

1/2/18    

Drift start at 0.7°/day moving eastward.
   

Disable GVAR rerouting via GOES-14.
   

75.2°W (no change)
   

1/22/18
   

Drift stop at 60°W
      

75.2°W (no change)
   
Details as of November 27, 2017.

Notes: No planned maneuvers / special operations during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. No GOES-East transition / interruption during Critical Weather Days.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 541 - GOES-R - November 19, 2016
« Reply #466 on: 12/18/2017 09:04 PM »
http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-s-goes-16-now-at-goes-east-ready-to-improve-forecasts-even-more


December 18, 2017 Now in its new GOES-East position, the advanced GOES-16 satellite has officially joined NOAA’s operational observation network, providing forecasters with sharper, more defined images of severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other weather hazards in near real-time 24/7.

The public responds to a threat when they can see it, like this August 25, 2017, infrared/visible image of Hurricane Harvey from GOES-16 (now GOES-East). During the 2017 hurricane season, forecasters, emergency managers, and the public could see the threat and many responded by getting out of harm's way.

“The GOES-16 satellite provided invaluable data on deadly hurricanes long before they touched the shore this season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “As it becomes fully operational, GOES-16 will continue to monitor extreme weather events, safeguarding American lives and property from its perch thousands of miles above the Earth.”

Since its launch in November 2016, NOAA’s GOES-16, even in its testing stage, showed its potential to improve weather forecasts and brought new levels of situational awareness to forecasters, emergency managers, and the public. The satellite covers most of North America – all of the continental U.S., Mexico and most of Canada, from 22,300 miles above the earth.

“GOES-16 has proven to be one of the most important tools we’ve ever developed for our weather and hazard forecasts,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “From its impressive first image of Earth last January to monitoring tropical storms and wildfires, GOES-16 has and will continue to greatly improve our ability to visualize potential threats, and enhance forecasts and warnings to save lives and protect property.” 

GOES observations help save lives

GOES-16 provided critical data which enabled emergency preparations and response during this year’s extremely active hurricane season. The new satellite delivered experimental imagery with detail and clarity never achieved before. Its high resolution – four times higher than previous NOAA satellites – and views of Earth taken every 30 seconds allowed forecasters to monitor how and when storms developed. Data from GOES-16 allowed forecasters to better assess and predict how much rain Hurricane Harvey would produce over Texas and see its rapid intensification, along with hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria.

GOES-16 data helped monitor and detect wildfires, and gave forecasters detailed images of wildfire smoke, enhancing their air quality forecasts. Imagery from GOES-16 helped forecasters spot new wildfires in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and determine which fires were hottest and where the fires were spreading. This critical information was shared with and used by firefighters and emergency managers.

GOES-16 testing showed potential improvements for aviation weather forecasting and airport operations. Forecasters are now able to predict with greater accuracy than before when fog and clouds will form and clear. The new satellite can also detect turbulence, enabling forecasters to issue timely advisories, aiding in aircraft and passenger safety.

‘A game changer’

“We are using the GOES-16 data in ways we planned and in ways we didn’t even imagine,” said National Weather Service director Louis Uccellini, Ph.D. “GOES-16 has been a game changer for monitoring hurricanes, wildfires, severe storms, and lightning. Now that it is operational and the data is incorporated into the forecast process, we will be able to use it across all our service areas, starting with winter storms.”

Data from GOES-16 has been available to NOAA forecasters and the national and international weather modeling and forecasting community during the satellite’s testing phase and will continue to do so.

GOES-16 is the first in the series of next-generation geostationary satellites, that provides valuable data in support of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative. The next new NOAA satellite, GOES-S is scheduled to launch March 1, 2018 followed by GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U in 2024. These satellites will enable NOAA to more closely monitor weather systems over North America, South America, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, to help protect lives and property.

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