The Science Test involved a large number of scientists and information technology support from NASA, various NOAA groups, and its Cooperative Institutes. Results for both satellites were gathered into respective NOAA Technical Reports, which are made public, along with several reports on previous GOES Science Tests. The analyses which were conducted included, but were not limited to: imagery from the Imager and Sounder, image quality analysis (signal-to-noise ratio, etc.), product quality analysis (product examples and comparisons to similar products from other satellites), radiometric calibration accuracy analysis, and special rapid-scan imagery.
After the NOAA Science Test, GOES are typically placed into orbital storage mode, waiting to replace older GOES upon their retirement. With this being the end of the current GOES-N/P spacecraft, the next GOES satellite to be launched will be the first of the GOES-R series.
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