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Satellite details
Acronym GOES-3
Full name Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 3
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the GOES 1st generation programme.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 627 kg Dry mass 293 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available in real-time to NOAA and re-distributed in near-real-time.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 135° W


Space agency NOAANASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Moved to 90°W in 1982-1984; to 135°W in 1985-1987; to 129°W in 1987-1990; to 175°W since 1990.
Launch 16 Jun 1978 EOL 01 Jul 1993
Last update: 2015-07-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on GOES-3

Acronym Full name
SEM/MAG SEM / Magnetometer
VISSR Visible-Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer
SEM/EPS SEM / Energetic Particles Sensor
SEM/HEPAD SEM / High Energy Proton and Alpha Particles Detector
SEM/XRS-EUV SEM / X-Ray Sensor - Extreme Ultra-Violet Sensor
DCIS Data Collection and Interrogation Service
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Satellite Field of View

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