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GOES-16 has several improvements over the old GOES system. Its advanced instruments and data processing provides:

The GOES-16 instrument suite includes three types of instruments: Earth sensing, solar imaging, and space environment measuring.

Earth facing

Two instruments point toward Earth:

Advanced Baseline Imager

The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), is the primary instrument on GOES-16 for imaging Earth’s weather, climate and environment. ABI will be able to view the Earth across 16 spectral bands, including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels and ten infrared channels.

Geostationary Lightning Mapper

The GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will take continuous day and night measurements of the frequent intra-cloud lightning that accompanies many severe storms, and will do so even when the high-level cirrus clouds atop mature thunderstorms may obscure the underlying convection from the imager.

The GLM consists of a telescopic CCD camera sensitive to 777.4 nm light. It has a spatial resolution of 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) (at nadir) to 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) (at edge of field of view) and captures 500 frames per second. The CCD's pixel pitch varies across its area.

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