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Solar Ultraviolet Imager

The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) is a telescope designed and built by Lockheed Martin, which monitors the Sun in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength range. SUVI will observe and characterize complex active regions of the Sun, solar flares, and the eruptions of solar filaments which may give rise to coronal mass ejections.

SUVI observations of solar flares and solar eruptions will provide an early warning of possible impacts to Earth’s space environment and enable better forecasting of potentially disruptive events on the ground.

Geostationary Lightning Mapper

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument is a new GOES capability, supplying a near-infrared instrument that maps total cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning over the Americas and adjacent oceans. Providing improved tornado warning lead-time and early indication of storm intensification and severe weather, GLM will deliver advanced severe weather prediction capabilities that will save lives in storm-threatened areas.

GLM will also provide data for long-term climate studies. The instrument will aid forecasting of weather events that could also affect aviation safety and efficiency. Data from the instrument will also be used to produce a long term database to track decadal changes in lightning activity.

Advanced Baseline Imager

The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) images Earth’s weather, oceans and environment.  ABI will track and monitor cloud formation, atmospheric motion, convection, land surface temperature, ocean dynamics, flow of water, fire, smoke, volcanic ash plumes, aerosols and air quality and vegetative health. Read more about ABI here.  

Space Environment In-Situ Suite

The Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) is comprised of four sensors. The SEISS monitors proton, electron, and heavy ion fluxes at geosynchronous orbit. SEISS also provides information to assess electrostatic discharge risk and radiation hazard. Read more about SEISS here.

EUV and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors

The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) are essential to understanding and monitoring solar irradiance in the upper atmosphere. EXIS is designed to detect solar flares that could interrupt communications and reduce navigational accuracy, affecting satellites, high altitude airlines and power grids on Earth. Read more about EXIS here.

Magnetometer

The Magnetometer will provide measurements of the space environment magnetic field that controls charged particle dynamics in the outer region of the magnetosphere. The geomagnetic field measurements are important for providing alerts and warnings to many customers, including satellite operators and power utilities. Read more about the Magnetometer here.