GOES slows


  • Laura Lawson


On August 20, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began a 2-week period of special operations to try to prolong the life of instruments on the GOES-9 weather satellite, which monitors the Pacific Coast of the United States and the ocean. “GOES-9 is operating as it should, but has lost a backup motor on the imager,” said Gary Davis, NOAA's director of satellite operations. “The problem has been proven to be caused by heat.”