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Mission typeEarth weather forecasting
OperatorNOAA / NASA
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass2,800 kilograms (6,200 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date2024 (2024) (planned)
Launch siteCape Canaveral Air Force Station
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric

GOES-U is the fourth and last of the next generation of weather satellites to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), giving sequence to the GOES system. The next satellites of the series (GOES-16, GOES-17, T, and U) will extend the availability of the GOES satellite system until 2036. The satellite will be built by Lockheed Martin, it will be based on the A2100 platform and will an expected useful life of 15 years (10 operational after five years in orbit replacement).[1]


The satellite is expected to be launched into space sometime in 2024 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States.[2][3] The redesign of the loop heat pipe to prevent an anomaly as seen in GOES-17 is not expected to delay the launch of GOES-U as it has with GOES-T.[4]

It will have a mass of 2,800 kg.[5]


  1. ^ Mission overview; GOES-R. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  2. ^ Our Satellites NOAA, Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lockheed Martin halts work on GOES-T to wait for instrument fix". SpaceNews.com. 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  4. ^ Ray, Justin (22 August 2016). "Sophisticated new U.S. weather observatory being readied for launch". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 19 October 2016.