UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Clone of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-O)

Procurement (on behalf of Lockheed Martin - LMSAL) and characterisation of the CCDs for the SXI instruments. 2009

GOES O during pre-launch processing

27 May 2009

GOES-O is the latest weather satellite developed by NASA to aid the nation's meteorologists and climate scientists. The acronym stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. The spacecraft in the series provide the familiar weather pictures seen on United States television newscasts every day. The satellites are equipped with a formidable array of sensors and instruments. 

GOES provides nearly continuous imaging and sounding, which allows forecasters to better measure changes in atmospheric temperature and moisture distributions, hence increasing the accuracy of their forecasts. GOES environmental information is used for a host of applications, including weather monitoring and prediction models.