GOES-18 (Prelim/Non-Op) ABI 16-panels

June 8th, 2022 |

Even though GOES-18 is currently preliminary, non-operational, ABI 16-panels are being generated for both the Full Disk and “PACUS” (Pacific US) sectors. GOES-18 arrived near the GOES-West position to continue post-launch checkout on June 6, 2022 and the ABI was started scanning early (UTC time) on June 7. To access the images, select “GOES-18”, choose a Region (sector), and “16Panel” for the parameter. (GOES-16 and GOES-17 are available as well). The sector choices are called “CONUS” and “Full Disk” but for GOES in the West location the CONUS sector is often referred to as “PACUS” since it includes the NE Pacific Ocean and western part of the contiguous United States (plus Hawaii).

NOAA and NASA recently released the first ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager) imagery from GOES-18 (including this 2-min video). GOES-T was launched on March 1st and both GOES-16 and GOES-17 monitored the rocket signature. GOES-18 is the third in the GOES-R series and is currently located at approximately 136.8W, having been relocated from its initial geostationary checkout position at 89.5W. GOES-18 is slated to become NOAA’s operational GOES-West in early 2023 after going through many tests. Before that, the ABI on GOES-18 will become the operational imager during two GOES-17 Loop Heat Pipe times. Also see this satellite liaison post. Also see these other GOES-18 related blog posts.

GOES-18 (preliminary, non-operational) “CONUS” sector 16 panel.

There are 2 visible, 4 near-infrared and 10 infrared bands. A still image of all 16 bands for the “PACUS.”

GOES-18 (preliminary, non-operational) “Full Disk” sector 16 panel.

A still image of all 16 bands for the Full Disk.


Thanks to the many (thousands) who made the GOES-18 ABI possible. These GOES-18 ABI are early images (preliminary and non-operational, calibration improvements are possible. McIDAS-X software was used in generating these images. More about GOES-16 and GOES-17.