A GOES ABI View of the Firefly Aerospace’s Maiden Flight

September 3rd, 2021 |

NOAA‘s GOES-16 and GOES-17 ABI observed the Firefly Aerospace’s maiden flight from Vandenberg Air Force base.

GOES-16 ABI 16-panel captured the before and after. Loop: (animated gif) (mp4).

GOES-16 ABI 16-panel animation from September 3, 2021 at 02:00 UTC.

The parallax effect is very evident comparing GOES-17 and GOES-16 ABI views. Loop: (animated gif) (mp4). What is shown is a multi-spectral “rocket plume” RGB. More about parallax can be explored using this webapp.

GOES-17 and GOES-16 “Rocket Plume” RGB from September 2, 2021 at 02:00 UTC.

These loops were made using McIDAS-X or UW GEO CSPP geo2grid software with data via the UW/SSEC Data Services.