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Facilities and Antennas
The ground system will operate from the following locations:
NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF)

image: NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF)
Located in Suitland, MD, the NSOF will house the majority of GOES-R mission operations. The EM, PG, and PD functions will be performed here. The majority of operations and product staff will also be housed at NSOF. Four existing 9.1-meter antennas will be upgraded for compatibility with GOES-R. These antennas will maintain compatibility with existing GOES satellites and will operate continuously for the life of the GOES-R series.

Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station (WCDAS)

image: WCDAS Satellite photo image: Google Satellite image of WCDAS  
 
WCDAS GOES-R Antenna Construction Site.
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Located in Wallops, VA, the WCDAS will be the primary site for space-to-ground radio frequency (RF) communications. Level 1b data will be processed at WCDAS to produce GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) for satellite uplink. WCDAS will also provide uplink to the satellites to support the Unique Payload Services (UPS). Three new 16.4-meter antennas will be constructed at WCDAS. They are designed to withstand sustained winds of 110 mph (Category 2 hurricane) and to survive (in a stowed position) gusts of up to 150 mph (Category 4 hurricane). These antennas will be compatible with existing GOES satellites and will operate continuously for the life of the GOES-R series.
Remote Backup (RBU) Facility

  GOES-R Antenna Sites at RBU image: Remote Backup Facility, Fairmont, VA (RBU)
 
GOES-R Antenna Sites at RBU
 
Located in Fairmont, WV, the primary function of the RBU will be to support contingency operations and perform all of the critical functions of NSOF and WCDAS through the production and distribution of life and property products. The RBU will provide product generation for all Key Performance Parameters (KPPs). The RBU will also serve as a backup during system/equipment testing or maintenance. Three new 16.4-meter antennas will be constructed at the RBU. They are designed to withstand sustained winds of 110 mph (Category 2 hurricane) and survive (in a stowed position) gusts of up to 150 mph (Category 4 hurricane). These antennas will be compatible with existing GOES satellites and will operate continuously for the life of the GOES-R series.
 
 
 
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