Earth Observation Mission News
NOAA targets January 2019 to declare GOES-17 operational
06 December 2018
On 20 November, 2018, technicians observed an error from NOAA's GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) – unrelated to the ongoing issues with the loop heat pipe – that resulted in degraded infrared imagery.
The technicians determined that a recent update to software that controls the ABI cryocooler system (which pumps heat away from the instrument's detectors to cool them to their required operating temperatures) caused a memory error. Automated safety checks onboard detected the error and initiated shutdown of the cryocooler, according to procedure.
Image credit: NOAA - GOES-17 captured this GeoColor view of the Earth from its new orbital position over the Pacific Ocean.