GOES-17 weather satellite recovers from brief anomaly

The GOES S satellite (later GOES-17 after reaching space) in the clean room of Astrotech’s facilities located in Titusville, Florida. Photo credit: Mike Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

On July 22, 2021, NOAA’s GOES-17 weather satellite experienced a brief anomaly and entered Safe Mode prompting engineers to perform troubleshooting tasks, ultimately recovering the satellite less than 24 hours later.

The anomaly was the result of a computer reset, causing the spacecraft to enter “safe mode.” After 22 hours of engineers’ recovery efforts, NOAA reports that the anomaly has been corrected and all data would return to its normal functionality.

GOES-17, Geostationary Orbital Environmental Satellies-17, has a notoriously bad history of anomalies. Shortly after its launch in March 2018, in May 2018, the satellite’s main instrument underwent a cooling system failure, the result of a blocked heat pipe, causing severe capacity limitations. This failure dramatically shortened the expected ten-year lifespan, and in June 2021, NOAA announced that GOES-T, slated for launch in December of this year, will replace GOES-17.

A joint program between NASA and NOAA, the GOES program is an essential asset in meteorological monitoring and forecasting. The satellites use an advanced multispectral imaging system to monitor the weather on earth, as well as to reform environmental research.

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