GOES-16 signatures of a SpaceX rocket launchGOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm), Near-Infrared “Snow/Ice” (1.61 µm) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) images (above) revealed signatures of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at 01:27 UTC on 23 December 2017 (5:27 PM Pacific time on 22 December). The arrows on the 01:27:24 UTC images indicate the bright pixels on the 0.64 µm and 1.61 µm images, as well as the warm thermal anomaly (black pixels) on the 3.9 µm image. GOES-16 was scanning that exact location at 01:28:01 UTC.
The GOES-16 Shortwave Infrared signature was noted by a couple of NWS offices:
It looks like #GOESEast (#GOES16) captured the rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier this evening. It shows up as a “hot spot” on the 3.90 micron channel. pic.twitter.com/fstHI89SKv
— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) December 23, 2017
GOES16 Satellite imagery in the 3.9 micron band (infrared) easily detected the lauch of the #SpaceX satellite from Vandenberg AFB. Although imaged at 5 min intervals, GOES16 just happened to image right after launch. Note area orange and yellow west of the coast line. #cawx pic.twitter.com/qxf77jbhGj
— NWS Hanford (@NWSHanford) December 23, 2017
Signatures of another SpaceX rocket launch in Florida were captured by GOES-16 on 16 March 2017.