Cloud Access to Operational GOES-18 Products Coming Jan 2023 via NODD

Map showing the geographical coverage of the GOES East and West satellites. (NOAA)

Map showing the geographical coverage of the GOES East and West satellites. (NOAA) (Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS)


NOAA Open Data Dissemination (NODD) provides near real-time access to GOES-R data via cloud partners Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The GOES-18 satellite, launched on March 1, 2022, is noted to assume its GOES-West role (at 137.0° West) and will be declared as an operational satellite on January 4, 2023. The GOES-R program plans to shut down GOES-17 instruments on January 4, 2023 and GOES-17 will shift to ~105° West, where it will be in on-orbit storage. 

After GOES-18 assumes GOES-West position in January 2023, all data files will be deemed both operational and Provisional, so no ‘preliminary, non-operational’ caveat is needed. Users should note that imagery from GOES-18 during the post-launch testing phase should still be considered preliminary and non-operational.


NODD currently makes available GOES-18 provisional data accessible through the three NODD cloud platforms in near real-time for public access and free egress1. NODD will continue to provide cloud based access to GOES-18 data when deemed operational in January 2023.

GOES-18, and other GOES-R data, can be accessed via the NODD cloud partners at the following locations: 
Amazon Web Services offsite linkMicrosoft Planetary Computer offsite link or access through the Azure Storage Explorer offsite link (; Google Cloud Marketplace offsite link.

NODD will continue to provide GOES-16 and 17 data until there is no longer an operational or research need for these datasets.


Product documentation and additional materials are available at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Information System (NOAASIS) website.

We invite users to read more about the GOES-18 transition by visiting the following: GOES-R Satellite Transition Plans; NOAA NESDIS website and the NESDIS News and Events page.


If you have any questions about GOES-18 data use and policy, please reach out to

For questions regarding cloud access to GOES-R, including the new GOES-18 data, please email the NODD Team at


1As with all GOES satellites, L1b and L2+ GOES-18 products will be archived in the NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS).