NOAA’s GOES-15 satellite to start drifting on 29 October - UPDATE

Filenames of GOES-15 data distributed on EUMETCast will be updated to reflect the new longitude.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

GOES-15, current GOES West operational satellite, will start drifting from its present location of 135 degrees west longitude on 29/10/2018 and will reach its new operating location of 128 degrees west on 07/11/2018.

From 02/11/2018 onwards, GOES-15 data will be rectified to 128° W. As the filenames of the GOES-15 LRIT data distributed on EUMETCast contain the orbital position, these will be updated on 05/11/2018 to reflect the new longitude:

Current filename example:


New filenames (from 05/11 to 31/12/18) will be like:


The current GOES-15 LRIT data service on EUMETCast Europe and EUMETCast Africa will end on 31/12/2018.

The new GOES-17 satellite is scheduled to go into operations, at the location of 137.1 degrees west, as NOAA’s GOES West satellite on 10/12/2018.

As NOAA will operate GOES-15 (at 128° W) and GOES-17 (at 137.1° W) in tandem for at least six months, EUMETSAT plans to provide a new GOES-15 data service, in netCDF format on EUMETCast-Europe, during this tandem operations phase to facilitate user transition. GOES-17 data will be made available on EUMETCast-Europe soon after the satellite becomes the operational GOES West satellite. More information on this will be provided in due course.

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