September 27, 2017 – On September 26, 2017, acting GOES-R Series Program Director Mike Stringer accepted the Department of Commerce Gold Medal on behalf of the GOES-R team at the 69th Annual Honor Awards Ceremony.
The program was cited “for their tireless dedication and contributions by completing the GOES-R satellite, which launched on November 19, 2016. The GOES-R Team completed a highly complex, integrated operational mission-system development; readied the satellite and system for launch and operations, including active engagement with a network of operational users; and delivered the GOES-16 satellite to orbit within cost and meeting all technical requirements. Their excellence sets the foundation for the next 20+ years of weather forecasting for our Nation.”
The Gold Medal, the highest honorary award given by the Department of Commerce, is granted by the Secretary for distinguished performance, characterized by extraordinary, notable, or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department and/or one operating unit and that reflect favorably on the Department.
The GOES-R program is a collaboration between NASA and NOAA. The satellites are being built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. In addition to the spacecraft, Lockheed Martin also provides the Magnetometer, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), and the Solar Ultra-Violet Imager (SUVI). The University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) provides the Extreme ultraviolet/X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS). GOES-R (now known as GOES-16) launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket on November 19, 2016.