BackForward Satellite: GOES-6 

Satellite details
Acronym GOES-6
Full name Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 6
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 6th flight unit of the GOES 1st generation programme.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology including atmospheric sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 836 kg Dry mass 399 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available in real-time to NOAA and re-distributed in near-real-time.
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 135° W


Space agency NOAANASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Moved to 108°W in 1984-1987; 135°W since 1987.
Launch 28 Apr 1983 EOL 01 Jul 1989
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on GOES-6

Acronym Full name
SEM/MAG SEM / Magnetometer
VAS VISSR Atmospheric Sounder
SEM/EPS SEM / Energetic Particles Sensor
SEM/HEPAD SEM / High Energy Proton and Alpha Particles Detector
SEM/XRS-EUV SEM / X-Ray Sensor - Extreme Ultra-Violet Sensor
DCIS Data Collection and Interrogation Service
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Satellite Field of View

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