Satellite Trouble

The NOAA weather satellite that covers the eastern U.S. (GOES-12) has run into some problems. During a move on Tuesday to adjust the orbit, the reception of satellite images ceased. As of late wednesday morning the problem continues. GOES-12 was launched in July 2001.

NOAA is switching to GOES-10 to provide satellite images for the eastern U.S.


Artwork provided by NOAA

GOES 10 previously provided coverage of the western U.S, and the Pacific Ocean but was repositioned in the past year to provide better coverage of the western hemisphere, especially South America. GOES-10 was launched in April 1997.

GOES-11 is orbiting over the Pacific Ocean and is too far west to provide detailed data for the east coast.

GOES-13 is the newest of the weather satellites and is in a storage mode.

John Collins

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