Ground support is critical to the GOES-R mission. NOAA is developing a state-of-the-art ground system that will receive data from the GOES-R spacecraft and generate real-time GOES-R data products. This is accomplished via a core set of functional elements (mission management, product generation, product distribution and enterprise management/infrastructure), an antenna system and a product access element.
The GS will operate from two primary locations: the National Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland, and the Wallops Command Data Acquisition Center (WCDAS) at Wallops, Virginia. A third operations facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, will serve as the Consolidated Backup (CBU) in case of a systems or communications failure at either or both NSOF and WCDAS.
Unprocessed instrument data at full resolution
Level 0 data with radiometric and geometric correction applied to produce parameters in physical units
Derived environmental variables with comparable to Level 1 spatial and temporal resolution
Roles and Responsibilities
The GOES-R Ground Segment (GS) will receive the raw data from GOES-R series spacecraft and generate Level 1b and Level 2+ products. The GS will also make these products available to users in a timely manner consistent with the GOES-R latency requirements. Level 1b data from each instrument and Level 2+ data from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will be distributed to direct readout users with antenna receives by means of spacecraft relay as GOES Rebroadcast (GRB). Level 1b products and Level 2+ products will be provided to the Product Distribution & Access (PDA) System for users including the Data Archive centers (CLASS).
Solers, Inc. of Arlington, VA, is developing the Environmental Satellite Processing and Distribution System (ESPDS), which provides the GOES-R Access Subsystem (GAS) functionality required for terrestrial, near-real time distribution of higher-order GOES-R products.
Ground Segment Status
All GOES-R antennas at NSOF complete
Release Mission Management Flight Ready (MMFR) and Release Final Product Set (FPS) software complete
Completed installation and integration of the GOES-R series IT infrastructure