GOES 9 - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 9
Launch date: May 23, 1995
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Launch vehicle: Atlas-I/Centaur
The GOES system is a basic element of U.S. weather monitoring and
forecast operations and is a key component of NWS modernization
program. Spacecraft and ground-based systems work together to
accomplish the GOES mission of providing weather imagery and
quantitative sounding data for weather forecasting and related
services. The new series of GOES satellites provides significant
improvements over the previous GOES system in weather imagery and
atmospheric sounding information.
Status: Active as of 12 July
2004 at 154.5°E longitude as backup for JMA, imaging western
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