Satellites for Weather and Environment

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) continues to be an integral participant in the world's most advanced weather satellite programs. We work with government and industry satellite/instrument teams to develop new ways to improve the science, speed and accuracy of space, solar and Earth-based weather data gathering, analysis and forecasting.

The key is our experience with advanced remote sensing techniques combined with our software development expertise. Our software takes raw satellite data and transforms it into actionable intelligence. By deriving detailed meaning and clarity from new instrument technologies, we have improved weather forecasting, severe storm tracking for hurricanes and understanding of the Earth’s climate and advanced meteorological research.


AER is a key member of a team led by Harris Corporation to develop the ground segment for the next-generation geosynchronous meteorological satellite system for NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – Series R (GOES-R). GOES-R represents a major step forward in meteorology with dramatic increases in spatial resolution, temporal refresh and spectral coverage of the Earth imaging data.

The GOES-R Ground Segment will receive and process satellite data, and generate and distribute weather data to thousands of users throughout the hemisphere. AER is implementing the software to produce over the Level 1b and Level 2 products from the suite of six GOES-R in situ and remote sensing instruments, as well as providing support for systems engineering, architecture design, modeling and simulation, and operations and maintenance. The first launch of the GOES-R series of satellites is scheduled for 2016.

Learn more about the GOES-R Environmental Products.

Watch a video overview of the GOES-R operational mission.