GOES System 

Chronic state of Failure



This GOES (Solar X-ray) Imaging system status page is listed on the NOAA NGDC website. http://sxi.ngdc.noaa.gov/ 

I read this page of GOES status reports with great interest because this GOES system is the sole source of flimsy proof NOAA has that a phony "historic" solar flare event occurred on Dec 5, 2006. This info page is extremely interesting because you can clearly see by their own reports that the GOES system is either constantly broken down or in test mode... Yet they are claiming that in the midst of an entire year of the GOES system's continuous, chronic system failures and test modes... that it worked for a single moment on the one date this fake solar flare cover story occurred. Read it for yourself below or on the source page link.

NOAA's own reports clearly show the GOES 13 system was in TEST Mode and "Not collecting any data of any scientific value" before and during the very date of the supposed flare. See the statement highlighted in red stating that the GOES system would be in test mode for 6 months... which included the Dec 5, 2006 date the supposed phony flare was supposed to have occurred.  

Additionally, Since the GOES 12 system was already seriously damaged with slipped filters and leaking light in Sept 2006 and was supposedly damaged again on Dec 5, 2006... there is no way, by their own reports that any of the GOES systems could have produced any valid imagery whatsoever either on that date, before that date or after that date. Read the reports for yourself. I have pasted and highlighted their verbatim status reports of the GOES system below. 

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this entire claim by NOAA is a fraud. Even NASA, ESA, SOHO and NOAA's own data & imagery reports dispute a flare ever occurred. For NOAA to have waited 4 months after the supposed event at the conclusion of the very first meeting of a forum of global scientists to announce that this fake flare was the cause of the GPS system failure... is really the epitome of this lie to the public. 

The bottom line... the flare on Dec 5, 2006 never happened based on all of the solar monitoring and imagery data systems. It was a cover story to explain the GPS system failure. Evidently, the real cause of the GPS failure is what NOAA is trying to cover up. Also notice that NASA and SOHO seem to be keeping their distance from NOAA's claims.

I believe the GPS failure was caused by a slip in the earth's axial tilt based on information I have collected. I could be wrong and there may have been another cause of the GPS failure, other than a slippage... but one thing is fairly certain... it wasn't a solar flare based on all of the official solar data monitoring sites and a multitude of imaging system records. The GOES system by their own status reports clearly shows that this system has not been functional and is nothing but a royal waste of taxpayer money.

Here are the actual status reports on the GOES system as it is shown on the GOES Solar imagery website.

February 26 , 2008
GOES-13 Testing Resumes
SXI collection resumes for testing purposes: 2008-02-26 17:37 - 2008-02-26 22:49
Images collected during this time are for test purposes only, no scientific value.

August 24, 2007
GOES-12 Testing Resumes
SXI collection resumes for testing purposes: 2007-08-24 16:10 - 2007-09-06 20:01
Images collected during this time are for test purposes only, no scientific value.

August 15, 2007 11:38 UT
GOES-13 Returns to Storage
All data collection, inlcuding SXI, has been discontinued.

July 24, 2007 18:56 UT
GOES-13 SXI Reactivated for Testing
Images collected during this time are for test purposes only, no scientific value.

May 8, 2007 13:46 UT
GOES-12 SXI Placed in Storage Mode
SXI operations discontinued due to the ERPE anomaly.

April 12 , 2007 22:53 UT
GOES-12 X-ray Postion Electronics (ERPE) Anomaly
This anomally makes it impossible to track the Sun in the north-south direction and has impacted the mission of the XRS and SXI instruments. View the April movie for a graphic account of this anomaly's effect on SXI.

February 21, 2007 16:00 UT
GOES-12 SXI Operations Resume in TEST MODE ONLY
Images collected during this test phase have no scientific value.

February 7, 2007 20:48 UT
GOES-12 SXI Placed in Safe Mode
Due to some uncertainty about the state of the SXI instrument, it was decided to command the GOES-12 SXI to safe mode.  An engineering review will determine the next course of action. 

January 11 , 2007 15:20 UT
GOES-13 SXI Placed in Storage Mode

December 5 , 2006 10:18 UT
Solar Flare Damages GOES-13 SXI
The GOES-13 SXI sustained damage to several pixels while observing an X9 flare event. Read more on the Greatest Hits page.

October 6 , 2006 15:32 UT
GOES-12 Operations Resume in TEST MODE ONLY
Images collected during this test phase have no scientific value.

September 19, 2006 15:32UT
GOES-12 Commanded to Safe Mode
Due to yesterday's light leak anomaly, GOES-12 has been placed into safe mode as a precaution.

September 18, 2006 19:35:43UT
GOES-12 light leak anomaly
A major new off-band light leak appeared in the GOES-12 SXI images starting at 2006-09-18 19:35UT. The image taken with the PTHNB analysis filter at 19:34:02UT seems fine.  The image taken at 19:35:43UT shows a major new off band light leak that has persisted since its first occurrence. An image taken between these two images, at 19:35:02UT, shows a  severely attenuated X-ray image of the Sun. (Browse the sequence.) The failure was probably taking place during this exposure. The most likely failure mode would be one or more segments of the entrance filters failing. Perhaps at 19:35:02UT a filter was curling over on itself cutting down the X-rays.
More details will be available on SWPC's SXI status page.

September 15, 2006
GOES-13 Deep Cornal Images - see them on the Greatest Hits page.

GOES-13 Deep Corona thumbnail.

July 6, 2006 15:11:18 UTC
NOAA SWPC releases GOES-13 "First Light" image.

GOES-13 SXI First Light Image: 2006-07-06 15:11:18

Only browse images will be available to the public during the Post Launch Testing period which is scheduled to last six months.

May 23, 2006
One of the SXI raid systems will be down for upgrades on May 24th 25th.  Data older than March 2006 will be unavailable during this time.

February 21, 2006
The SXI data flow resumes.  

February 12, 2006
The SXI experienced a high voltage system anomaly on Sunday February 12, 2006 at approximately 1104 UT and automatically went into safe mode. At first glance the anomaly appears to be in the same class as the previous sets of HV problems. SXI will remain in safe mode while SWPC and SOCC staff analyze the telemetry available and plan our response.

January 18, 2005
Joins us for the Fourth Annual GOES-R User's Conference
May 1-3, 2006 in Broomfield, CO.

November 23, 2005
Network Problems made it impossible to transfer SXI data from SWPC to NGDC at around 2012 UT.
December 1, 2005 archive data flow resumes.

November 8, 2005
SXI Operational: Image quality much better due to increased voltage.
More details are available on SWPC's SXI status page.

October 19, 2005
SXI Testing: Image collection resumed at a reduced voltage and resultant reduced image quality.
More details are available on SWPC's SXI status page.

September 11, 2005
SXI Shutdown: Just before noon UT on September 11, 2005 the SXI instrument was shutdown due to an anomalous voltage fluctuation.
More details are available on SWPC's SXI status page.

June 13, 2005
The GOES 12 SXI instrument and performance papers have been published in Solar Physics.
The NOAA Goes-12 Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI) 1. Instrument, Operations, and Data (.6 MB PDF), Dr. Steven Hill, et al.
The NOAA Goes-12 Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI) 2. Performance (3.6 MB PDF), Dr. Vic Pizzo, et al.

February 7, 2005
MartinLuther King-storm movies added to Greatest Hits page.
SXI recorded a series of X-class flares from January 15 - 20. Two special movies were generated that illustrates this interval of high activity. SXI performs double duty by recording solar images and energetic ions!

January 18, 2005:
New SXI Coronal Hole Product
Beginning on Dec 15, 2004, NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center started routine production of a coronal hole image product. This product is created 4 times per day (01:00, 07:00, 13:00, and 19:00 UT), for the purpose of identifying coronal holes, and they become available at approximately 08:00, 14:00, 20:00, and 02:00 UT. Each coronal hole image is created from a sum of 12 hours of images (corrected for solar rotation), spanning the period 6 hours prior to the nominal coronal hole image time to 6 hours after . The coronal hole image is composited from 3-second integration, Level-1 (calibrated) images taken through the Thin Polyimide (PTHN) filter.

The need to create this new product was driven by the loss of the ability to use the SXI Open Filter position and by anomalous high voltage power supply (HVPS) behavior. The inability to use the Open Filter was caused by the failure of at least 1 of the 6 entrance filters that normally shield the SXI optics from visible and ultraviolet light. The HVPS behavior has forced imaging to be conducted at a lower than desired gain.




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