Saturday, January 02, 2010

GOES-K, later renamed GOES-10

NOAA anticipated the end of GOES-10 several months ahead of time, and began deactivating GOES-10 on December 1 when it fired the spacecraft’s thrusters moving the satellite into a higher orbit above the Earth. On December 2, NOAA finished its third and final, firing putting it safely out of commission and put it in an unused drift orbit.

GOES-10 was originally planned for a five-year mission when it was launched in April 1997. It was positioned as NOAA’s GOES-West satellite, more than 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. In 2006 a newer satellite, GOES-11, replaced GOES-10. NOAA then repositioned GOES-10 to support hurricane forecasting efforts in South America. NOAA anticipates moving GOES-12 to provide coverage for South America by May 2010.

"GOES-10 has served America – and other nations – admirably and well beyond its expected lifespan," said Mary Kicza, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. "The success of GOES-10, built by Space Systems/Loral, was a credit to a large team of NOAA staff, who acquired and managed the spacecraft and processed and distributed the data to users." Kicza added that with the help of its partners, including NASA, "NOAA is creating better satellites that will provide better data that improve our understanding – and prediction – of climate and weather."

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