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Tech datasheet of the GOES series

The GOES satellite program was developed by NASA in the US, mainly to provide meteorological imagery in a reduced time span. Once in orbit, the daily maintenance passes from NASA to NOAA. The system provides images from more than 60% of the earth's surface with only two satellites.

Each satellite measures about 2 meters diameter, and, with its solar panels extended, reaches 27 meters width. They weigh around 2200 kg. The main task, apart from acquisition of imagery, is to retransmit information of several ground stations around the world, and, as a bonus, they contain a monitoring and triangulation system for the international emergency frequencies.

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Tech data sheet of the GOES series

Satellite Launch NASA ID Intl ID Posit WEFAX Status
GOES 6 1983-04-28 14050 1983-041A 131.13W 1691 Partial
GOES 7 1987-02-26 17561 1987-022A 166.16W - Partial
GOES 8 1994-04-13 20:04 UT 23051 1994-022A 75.33W 1691 Active
GOES 9 1995-05-23 05:52 UT 23581 1995-025A 220.00W 1691 Storage
GOES 10 1997-04-25 24786 1997-019A 134.50W 1691 Active
GOES 11 2000-05-03 07:07 UT 26352 2000-022A 112.83W 1691 Storage
GOES 12 2001-07-23 07:23 UT 26871 2001-031A 100.56W 1691 Testing

Partial
Satellite is officially out of service, but is still used partially for communications
These birds have some technical problema with an on-board system - possibly they cannot control their exact position (Eg. GOES 6 is currently drifting more than 10 degrees from the equator)
Active
Satellite in normal operation
Storage
Satellite is stationed as a stand-by
Testing
Satellite is in a test period before final comissioning