GOLD on SES-14 Animation

  • Released Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is part of the NASA Explorers Program. GOLD is at the forefront of exploring and understanding near-Earth space, which is home to astronauts, radio signals used to guide airplanes and ships, and satellites that provide our communications and GPS systems. The more we understand about this region, the more we can protect our assets in space.

GOLD is the first NASA mission to fly as a hosted payload on a commercial communications satellite. GOLD is onboard on the SES-14 satellite.

Launch date: January 25, 2018

Launch location: Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana

Launch vehicle: Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket

Mission target: Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere

Mission duration: 2-year nominal mission at geostationary orbit; extended mission possible


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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This page was originally published on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:47 PM EDT.


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