http://ghostbusters.wikia.com/wiki/File:TempleofGozerbio.pngThat’s right, both the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper might be coming soon. It just depends on when NOAA’s GOES-R (get it?) makes its appearance. As we all know, both Zuul and Vince Clortho will show, possibly in a refrigerator, before GOES-R.
This latest Satnews article gives some nice details on GOES-12’s retirement, and what typically happens to satellites in geosynchronous orbit when they outlive their usefulness. GOES-R satellites are expected to eventually replace the rest of the GOES-##’s according to the text.
- After 10 years of service, GOES-12 satellite retires (noaanews.noaa.gov)
- After 10 years of service, NOAA retires GOES-12 satellite (phys.org)