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SS/L partnered with ITT Space Systems Division to develop the GOES weather imaging and sounding systems, which were significantly improved over previous systems. During satellite operations, the imager and sounder in each satellite collect high-resolution visible and infrared images, as well as temperature and moisture profiles of the atmosphere. The satellites transmit data to ground terminals, which rebroadcast the information to primary weather services both in the United States and the western hemisphere.
SS/L provided many breakthroughs in meteorological data collection withthe GOES I-M program, including the following:-First 3-axis stabilized GOES series providing continuous earth imaging -Higher and more accurate image quality -Ability to distinguish ice and water clouds during daylight -Accurate delineation of clouds above 12,000 feet -First ever monitoring of total ozone from geosynchronous orbit -First GOES Solar X-Ray Imager on GOES-12 Award-Winning Program
Throughout the course of the GOES I-M program, SS/L received numerous awards, including an award for outstanding service from the America Meteorological Society and the Goddard Contractor Excellence Award in 1996.
"In overcoming some initial technical and programmatic problems, SpaceSystems/Loral distinguished itself in meeting our requirements for outstanding quality, innovation and service," said Gary Davis , director of the NOAA NESDIS Office of Systems Development. "With 39 on-orbit years already achieved, we project that the satellites will provide about twice as many years of service as was originally contracted."
After GOES-10 completed its mission over the U.S. in October 2006 , NOAA repositioned the satellite, as part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), to cover South America in order to strengthen the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Watch Global Observing System.