18 October 1996 Space environment monitoring mission beyond GOES-M
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Conditions in the near-Earth space environment are of every increasing importance to our human activities on Earth and in space. The provision of the space environment services required in future depends on improving our understanding of solar activity and the coupling of this activity to our local region of space, as well as improving our remote sensing and in-situ monitoring of conditions and events in the solar system. Our present service is largely analogous to the state of terrestrial weather forecasting rom a local weather office before the advent of numerical modeling and remote atmospheric sensing technology. Numerical models of the local space environment and of interplanetary space are being developed. However, these models are limited in performance by our understanding of the underlying physical processes, and their practical applications is restricted by the paucity of observational data. Instruments on the GOES provide a critical resource to NOAA's space environment services. GOES is our most effective operational platform for real-time remote sensing of the Sun, the near-Earth environment, and processes in interplanetary space. It also makes important in-situ measurements in a critical region of space that is now of huge commercial importance. This paper will discuss the planned and potential extensions of the GOES space environment monitor in the overall context of the data required to meet the future needs for space environment services.
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Richard Grubb, Richard Grubb, Patricia L. Bornmann, Patricia L. Bornmann, Gary Heckman, Gary Heckman, Terrance Onsager, Terrance Onsager, Howard Singer, Howard Singer, R. Viereck, R. Viereck, } "Space environment monitoring mission beyond GOES-M", Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254080; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.254080
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