NOAA has developed a state-of-the-art ground system that receives data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – R Series (GOES-R) spacecraft and generates 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 ground system operates 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, serves as the Consolidated Backup (CBU) facility in case of a systems or communications failure at either or both NSOF and WCDAS.
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