Maryland: GOES-R, the next generation of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES (short for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) satellite will be able to take full-disk image of Earth at five-minute intervals.
A full-disk image is a picture of one side of Earth from space. Currently, the GOES-East and GOES-West satellites do not have the capability to take those full-disk images every five minutes. GOES-R will be able to image everything it can see in the same time it takes the current GOES series to provide one small image of a stormy region. This change in imaging is a NOAA mission requirement that will enable simultaneous rapid regional coverage and continuous hemispheric weather monitoring. Increased imagery over a shorter time period will provide more timely and informative data to forecasters everywhere in the Western Hemisphere.