Media advisory: NOAA’s year of launches

NOAA, experts discuss how data from GOES-16 and JPSS-1/NOAA-20 satellites are essential to safeguarding our citizens, economy and national security
UPDATED: November 15, 2017. RDML Gallaudet is no longer scheduled to attend.
November 14, 2017
A satellite image of Hurricane Maria, September 19, 2017.

Approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R series (now known as GOES-16) and this week’s scheduled launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System satellite (known as JPSS-1 or NOAA-20), NOAA is providing a briefing to Members of Congress and their staff to discuss and celebrate a successful year of launches.

Representatives from NOAA, federal agencies, emergency management, and industry partners will showcase the JPSS-1 satellite and the utility of NOAA's weather and environmental satellites in the context of recent natural disasters that have caused significant impacts to the U.S.

The briefings are open to the media to participate in-person only. Reporters MUST RSVP using this formoffsite link by 12:00 noon on Wed., Nov. 15th. Due to security in the Capitol Visitor's Center, those who do not work in a congressional office must RSVP.

Briefing followed by a question and answer session

Thu., Nov. 16, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Room 202-203


  • Stephen Volz, Assistant NOAA Administrator, NOAA Satellites and Information Service

  • Louis Uccellini, Assistant NOAA Administrator, NOAA National Weather Service

  • Mitch Goldberg, JPSS chief program scientist, NOAA

  • Dennis Andrucyk, science deputy director, NASA

  • Bryan Koon, Vice President, IEM homeland security and disaster management company

Media contacts

John Leslie, 202-527-3504
Brady Phillips, 202-407-1298