This artist's concept shows the new Weather System Follow-on – Microwave satellite Ball Aerospace is building for the U.S. Air Force under a contract awarded in November. It includes a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and energetic charged particle sensor supplied by the government. Credit: Ball Aerospace
This was NOAA's constellation before GOES-16 moved into position as GOES-East and retired GOES-13. NOAA's future constellation may include hosted payloads and small satellites in low Earth orbit. Credit: NOAA
During Hurricane Harvey, which caused record flooding in Houston, emergency managers relied on data from stream gauges rebroadcast through geostationary weather satellites. This image of Hurricane Harvey was captured Aug. 16 by the Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-16. Credit: NOAA
Through GOES Rebroadcast, NOAA transmits full-resolution calibrated images and data to customers, like the images from Harris Corp.'s Advanced Baseline Imager shown here. This is the type of service that could be handled by commercial communications firms in the future. Credit: Harris
Spire engineer Shaina Johl runs tests on a Spire cubesat, the NanoRacks-LEMUR-2 qualification model, prior to its June 2017 launch from Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. Credit: Spire Global
The U.S. Air Force is eager to obtain more data on space weather which its 557th Weather Wing based at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska uses to produce forecasts and analyze space weather events. Credit: Air Force
Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians are assembling NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) T at the company's Littleton, Colorado facility in preparation for launch in late 2020. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Sandra Cauffman, deputy director of NASA’s Earth science division, said NASA eventually may look internationally for companies who can provide Earth science data from small satellite constellations. Credit: NASA
Before NOAA retired the spacecraft on Jan. 8, GOES-13 captured images of many major storms, including this image from Sept. 1, 2017, showing Tropical Storm Lidia and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Credit: NASA
A stack of programs await attendees of the American Meteorological Society's 98th annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Credit: AMS via Flickr
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