DISCUSSION: Since the official and successful launch of the GOES-R satellite imager just over 8 days ago this hour, there have been a number of successful steps taken by the satellite and people in control of monitoring its operation from the ground. With this being a truly historic event with respect to atmospheric (weather-based) research, weather forecasting, and state-of-the-art upgrades to man-made remote sensing capabilities, there are many different angles to consider when keeping up with the continues progress of this advanced atmospheric/environmental-based satellite. Included below is a recent update from as of 23 November (or 4 days ago) on the most recently updated status from the NOAA Satellite and Information Service!
GOES-R Update: November 23, 2016
Since launch on Saturday, November 19, GOES-R has transitioned to the ‘orbit raising’ phase of its mission and is making its way to geostationary orbit. The spacecraft is currently positioned in a sun-point attitude, which allows its solar array to harness the sun’s power.
The GOES-R team has performed the first liquid apogee engine (LAE) burn without anomaly. This engine burn is part of a series of LAEs that will help position GOES-R in geostationary orbit.
The next major milestone will be the second stage deployment of GOES-R’s solar array, which is currently scheduled to occur on November 30, 2016.
Continue to follow GOES-R’s progress at http://go.usa.gov/x8Xzu.
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