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Report: NOAA to Hand Over GOES-13 Satellite to Air Force Under Space Monitoring Agreement

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Air Force will adopt a geostationary weather-tracking satellite that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration powered down in early 2018 after 10 years on orbit, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

John Leslie, a NOAA spokesman, told SpaceNews in an email the agency will hand over its decommissioned GOES-13 satellite as part of a space-based environmental monitoring agreement signed with the service branch.

The satellite, which previously operated in the GOES-East position, will support the Air Force's weather forecasting activities from a new geostationary location, according to the report.

NOAA currently operates GOES-16 and -17 as GOES-East and GOES-West satellites, respectively. The deactivated GOES-14 serves as a backup satellite of the agency.

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