Heather Hunter is a Ph.D student in Applied Marine Physics. She also has degrees in electrical engineering and earth science, and spent several years working as a contractor for NASA. Her research interests include satellite remote sensing of the Earth System and the Earth-Space environment, from satellite mission design, to data mining and image processing. Aside from her main research interests, she is also interested in the emerging use of CubeSats for operational Earth observation and the challenges involved in CubeSat mission design. She tweets at @DrSpectra.
The current GOES-East and GOES-West have been faithfully providing continuous imagery and data on Earth and space weather for almost a decade. So, with the launch of the first of the next generation of GOES satellites, GOES-R, what is NOAA trying to accomplish?