GOES-R Series

Next-generation weather satellites


NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) spacecraft have been delivering reliable weather forecasts for decades. Now, the Lockheed Martin-built GOES-R satellite series provides more timely and accurate weather forecasts than ever before.

The GOES-R series delivers crucial atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar, and space data, greatly enhancing the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that impact public safety, property protection, and the nation's economic health.

These four satellites give expert forecasters the imagery and data needed to predict and analyze weather conditions on Earth and in space, helping them making split-second decisions to save lives and property.



Launched Nov. 2016 (now GOES-16)


Launched March 2018 (now GOES-17)


Launched March 2022 (now GOES-18)


Launching June 2024
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GOES-U Ready at Kennedy

GOES-U, the final spacecraft in the GOES-R series of weather and climate satellites, recently shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center ahead of its scheduled launch in June 2024. 

GOES-R Series Benefits   ___
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Keeps a watchful eye on Earth's ever-changing weather
GOES data

Improved data gathering for weather forecasting and prediction

Lightning detection and mapping technology

Enhanced Weather and Climate Data

GOES-R satellites provide forecasters in the U.S. and western hemisphere with sharper, more defined images of severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other weather hazards.

The series also aims to generate significant benefits to the nation in the areas of climate monitoring, ecosystems management, commerce and transportation.

months, GOES-16 transmitted more data than all previous GOES satellites combined
year operational life expectancy
MB/s - how fast the GOES-R series can transmit data, an increase from the previous generation's 2.6 MB/s
lives saved by GOES-16 & 17 in 2020
mile-long lightning flash across the southern U.S., captured by GOES-16 in 2020

Beyond Weather Observation

In addition to severe weather monitoring, GOES-R instruments and data help: 

  • Identify volcanic eruptions, including those under the ocean, like the recent event near Tonga
  • Measure land and sea surface temperatures to track drought conditions and warming oceans
  • Provide early alerts to emergency responders for wildfires, including those caused by lightning strikes
  • Observe solar flares that could impact telecommunication on and around Earth
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Each GOES-R satellite carries a suite of weather forecasting instruments, including two Lockheed Martin-built technologies:

The GOES-R series geostationary lightning mapper (GLM) in the clean room at Lockheed Martin.


Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM)

As the first operational lightning mapper flown in its orbit, the GLM tracks lightning across the U.S. in real-time, taking hundreds of images every second and mapping both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. By collecting data on the frequency, location and extent of lightning discharges, GLM allows meteorologists to quickly identify intensifying storms and take appropriate action.
The GOES-R series solar ultraviolet imager (SUVI) in the clean room at Lockheed Martin.


Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI)

The SUVI telescope measures the sun in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength range and provides full-disk solar images. SUVI is essential to understanding active areas on the sun and predicting solar events that may disrupt power utilities, communication or navigation systems here on Earth.



In addition to GLM and SUVI, the Magnetometer, Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) and Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instruments are also aboard the GOES-R series of satellites. GOES-U will premier the Naval Research Laboratory’s Compact Coronagraph-1 (CCOR-1) when it launches in June 2024.

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More GOES-R News   ___
Geostationary Lightning Mapper: NOAA’s Eyes in the Sky
Feb 23, 2024
The Lockheed Martin-built Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) on the GOES-R series of satellites helps save lives by tracking lightning strikes.
From Arctic Ice Mapping to Wildfire Prediction, Climate Monitoring Saves Lives
Jan 30, 2024
Meteorologists need to measure weather observation data. Lockheed Martin is working to make this data synthesized and actionable for the industry.
NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite From Lockheed Martin Arrives In Florida To Begin Launch Preparations
Jan 24, 2024
Press Release
The GOES-U satellite traveled to its final earthly destination on a Lockheed Martin-built C-5M aircraft.