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Products: Science Product Validation Schedules

This page houses the latest GOES-16, GOES-17, and GOES-18 science product validation status and schedules. The information will be updated monthly.

This information is current as of April 20, 2022.

All dates are subject to change

GOES-16

GOES-T Post-Launch Science Product Validation Schedule table

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GOES-16 L2B Science Product Validation Status table

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Changes since the GOES-16 January 19, 2022 version:

  • SEISS EHIS was approved at Full Validation maturity on 1/19/2022
  • Baseline version of Cloud Cover Layer is incompatible with Enterprise Cloud Height. Implementing a mitigated enterprise version of Cloud Cover Layers will take priority over the baseline version.

Upcoming GOES-16 Provisional PS-PVR dates:

  • 06/07/2022 -- ABI L2+ Ice Motion
  • 08/23/2022 -- ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover
  • 02/21/2023 -- ABI L2+ Cloud Cover Layer

Upcoming GOES-16 Full PS-PVR dates:

  • 2023 -- Start of ABI L2+ product reviews

GOES-17

GOES-17 L1b Science Product Validation status image

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GOES-17 L2B Science Product Validation Status image

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Changes since the GOES-17 January 19, 2022 version:

  • SEISS SGPS was approved at Full Validation maturity on 1/19/2022
  • SEISS EHIS Full Validation is deferred due to insufficient levels of heavy ions detected on orbit. This will be revisited if sufficient data is collected prior to transition of GOES-17 to storage.
  • Baseline version of Cloud Cover Layer is incompatible with Enterprise Cloud Height. Implementing a mitigated enterprise version of Cloud Cover Layers will take priority over the baseline version.

Upcoming GOES-17 Provisional PS-PVR dates:

  • 06/07/2022 -- ABI L2+ Ice Motion
  • 08/23/2022 -- ABI L2+ Fractional Snow Cover
  • 02/21/2023 -- ABI L2+ Cloud Cover Layer

Upcoming GOES-17 Full PS-PVR dates:

  • 2023 -- Start of ABI L2+ product reviews

GOES-18

GOES-T launched on March 1, 2022. After reaching geostationary orbit the satellite was renamed GOES-18. GOES-18 is currently undergoing on-orbit checkout of its instruments and systems. GOES-18 is scheduled to replace GOES-17 as NOAA’s operational GOES-West satellite in December 2022. Below are the current plans for GOES-18 data availability and product validation as of April 20, 2022.

GOES-T Post-Launch Science Product Validation Schedule table image

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GOES-18 L1B Science Product Validation Status image

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GOES-18 L2B Science Product Validation Status imabe

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Changes since the GOES-18 March 14, 2022 version:

  • SEISS EHIS Provisional moved from 10/25 to 11/15 due to the addition of a prerequisite to have a look-up table (LUT) installed in the ground system prior to the review
  • Some first public release dates have shifted due to a mix of prerequisite rescheduling and the desire to publish Tuesday through Thursday
  • New Provisional PS-PVR groupings and dates for all ABI L2+ products (details below)
  • See additional detail on the unique data distribution plans for GOES-18 on the GOES-18 post-launch testing and transition to operations webpage
  • Previous dates from the last schedule indicated by (was n/nn)

Beginning of any science product data flows (partial or complete):

  • 03/23/2022 -- GMAG
  • 03/30/2022 -- EXIS (XRS only)
  • 04/14/2022 -- GLM
  • 04/21/2022 -- ABI (VNIR only)
  • 04/25/2022 -- SEISS
  • 05/04/2022 -- SUVI

Upcoming first public image/data releases (through May):

  • 05/03/2022 -- SEISS
  • 05/11/2022 -- ABI
  • 05/17/2022 -- GMAG (was 5/16)
  • 05/24/2022 -- GLM (was 5/20)

Upcoming Beta certifications (through May):

  • 05/11/2022 -- ABI L1b and CMI

ABI L2+ Provisional Groupings and Dates:

  • 09/24/2022 -- Group 1: DMW, Cloud Mask, Cloud Top Props, Cloud Phase
  • 10/12/2022 -- Group 2: FHS, LAP, RR, COMP
  • 11/09/2022 -- Group 3: LST, LSA/BRF, SRB, AOD, ADP
  • 11/21/2022 -- Group 4: SST, all cryo products


All dates are subject to change.