The USA’s  Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) Satellites were first launched in 1974  (GOES-A) and will continue beyond 2036. These satellites provide weather and environmental information with the lastest GOES-R series providing constant monitoring over the US with near real-time updates.

The GOES series are operated by the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The name of each satellite changes after it’s been placed into orbit. Prior to launch, the satellites are given a letter designation A, B, C, etc , once they are in orbit and geostationary, they are given a number 1, 2, 3, etc


GOES-SMS, first launched 1975, built by Ford Aerospace

  • GOES-A
  • GOES-B
  • GOES-C

GOES-D, first launched 1980, built  by Hughes (Hughes Space Communications Group)

  • GOES -D
  • GOES-E
  • GOES-F
  • GOES-G, this failed 71 seconds into launch
  • GOES-H

GOES-I, first launched 1994, built by SSL

  • GOES -I
  • GOES -J
  • GOES -K
  • GOES -L
  • GOES -M

GOES-N, , first launched 2006, built by Boeing

  • GOES -N
  • GOES -O
  • GOES -P
  • GOES -Q

GOES-R, first launched 2016, built by Lockheed Martin