Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

GOES-12 being readied to detect solar storms

Expand Messages
  • David <b1blancer1@earthlink.net>
    RELEASE: 03-024 ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE READIED TO DETECT SOLAR STORMS The nation s newest environmental satellite, GOES-12, is being readied for operations,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2003
      RELEASE: 03-024


      The nation's newest environmental satellite, GOES-12, is being readied
      for operations, NASA and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic
      and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today.

      GOES-12 is equipped with an advanced instrument for real-time solar
      forecasting. The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) aboard the satellite will
      enable forecasters and scientists to detect solar storms that could
      impact billions of dollars worth of assets.

      "I want to offer my congratulations to the SXI partners on their
      significant achievements," said Dr. Richard Fisher, Director of the
      Sun Earth Connection Division at NASA Headquarters. "I view the
      initiation of the new SXI serivce as a victory for the national
      scientific research program. Yesterday's research mysteries have
      become the subject of today's report on space weather conditions," he

      The instrument will take a full-disk image of the sun's atmosphere
      once every minute. NOAA and the U.S. Air Force will use the images to
      monitor and forecast the sources of space weather disturbances from
      the sun. The images will enable forecasters to predict disturbances to
      Earth's space environment that can destroy satellite electronics,
      disrupt long-distance radio communications or surge power grids.

      The ability to monitor and forecast solar disturbances is valuable to
      operators of military and civilian radio and satellite communications
      systems, navigation systems, astronauts, high-altitude aviators and

      The SXI is a small telescope that makes use of advanced technology and
      grazing incidence optics to allow it to see the sun's outer atmosphere
      or corona in X-rays. SXI lets solar forecasters see phenomena they
      couldn't otherwise view, such as coronal holes, whose high-speed winds
      cause geomagnetic storms; and to infer solar activity occurring behind
      the sun's edge, or limb. X-ray images are more accurate than white
      light imagers for identifying the location of flares. "NASA is excited
      about providing another fine tool for the NOAA team to use in weather
      operations, including space weather forecasts," said Martin A. Davis,
      NASA GOES program manager at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in
      Greenbelt, Md. GOES-12 represents a continuation of a 27-year joint
      program between NASA and NOAA.

      The United States operates two environmental satellites in
      geostationary orbit 22,300 miles over the equator. GOES-12 was
      launched on July 23, 2001, and placed into on-orbit storage.
      Controllers at NOAA's Satellite Operations Control Center in Suitland,
      Md., are commanding the satellite out of storage and preparing it for

      NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
      operates the GOES series of satellites. After the satellites complete
      on-orbit checkout, NOAA assumes responsibility for command and
      control, data receipt, product generation and distribution. GSFC
      manages the design, development and launch of the spacecraft for
      NOAA. The SXI was built by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
      Huntsville, Ala.

      The images taken by the SXI will be available in real time to the
      public via the Internet through NOAA's National Geophysical Data
      Center website at:


      SXI imagery is available at:
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.