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About the POES Project

The Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) Project is a reimbursable project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is responsible for the construction, integration and launch of NOAA series satellites. Operational control of the spacecraft is turned over to NOAA after it is checked out on orbit, normally 21 days after launch. The NOAA satellites carry seven scientific instruments and two for Search and Rescue. All NOAA satellites built by the POES Project have been launched. The final spacecraft, NOAA-19, was launched in February 2009.

The satellite data provides economic, and environmental benefits on a continuous, reliable basis. The benefits that directly enhance the quality of human life and protection of Earth's environment include:

  • Over 50% of the U.S. public utilizes 3-to-5 day weather forecasts for planning recreational and business activities
  • City, state and federal government agencies utilize NOAA satellite data products to manage resources, plan civic and industrial expansion, schedule services, and monitor population growth
  • Countless lives and properties have been saved by monitoring severe storm movement and forecasting national disasters
  • From monitoring ozone levels and animal migrations patterns to forecasting and detecting forest fires, the NOAA series is a vital tool of environmental research and protection
  • Global data collected about the earth is used to monitor the environment and trend changes over time
  • Search and Rescue instruments carried on POES satellites contributed to saving over 28,000 lives

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