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User Systems: GOES-R Rebroadcast
Transition from GVAR to GRB
      GOES Variable (GVAR)   GOES Rebroadcast (GRB)
  Full Disk Image   30 Minutes   5 Minutes (Mode 4)
15 min (Mode 3)
  Other Modes   Rapid Scan, Super Rapid Scan   3000 km x 5000 km
(CONUS: 5 minute)
1000 km x 1000 km
Mesoscale: 30 seconds)
  Polarization   None   Dual Circular Polarized
  Reciver Center Frequency   1685.7 MHz (L-Band)   1686.6 MHz (L-Band)
  Data Rate   2.11 Mbps   31 Mbps
  Antenna Coverage   Earth Coverage to 5°   Earth Coverage to 5°
  Data Sources   Imager and Sounder   ABI (16 bands), GLM, SEISS, EXIS, SUVI, MAG
  Space Weather   None   ~2 Mbps
  Lightning Data   None   0.5 Mbps
Type of Transmission:  Direct Broadcast

Users:  Anyone with an antenna and software capable of receiving GOES direct broadcast downlink

What should I know about GOES-R Rebroadcast?

GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) will provide the primary relay of full resolution, calibrated, near-real-time direct broadcast space relay of Level 1b data from each instrument and Level 2 data from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). GRB will replace the GOES VARiable (GVAR) service. The GRB contains the ABI, GLM, space environment, and solar data which drive data flow in the NOAA space and Earth environment research and operational framework.  Additional information is available in the Product Users Guide.

GRB will use two digital streams, each at 15.5 Mbps, compared to the GVAR standard of a single 2.11 Mbps stream. A dual polarization approach will be used to accommodate the 31 Mbps data rate within a frequency bandwidth of 9.8 or 10.9 MHz per polarization, using a standard downlink modulation at 1686.6 MHz (L-band). GRB will be able to produce a full disk image in either five or fifteen minutes, depending on mode, compared to GVAR’s thirty minutes. Additional technical information regarding data downlink can be found in the Downlink Specifications.

The GRB processed instrument data source will be packetized compliant with Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) standard 133.0-B-l and will utilize lossless data compression to fit within allocated bandwidth. Data blocking and accompanying header metadata will be used to minimize risk of loss due to link errors and allow for user verification of data integrity.

The transition from GVAR to GRB continues to evolve and more information will be communicated through meetings and conferences such as the NOAA Satellite Conference as well as on the GOES-R website.
  • The content distributed by GRB will be the full set of level 1b products, including data from all ABI channels and the other GOES-R instruments (GLM, MAG, SEISS, SUVI, EXIS, and Magnetometer).

  • GOES users must upgrade or acquire new antenna and receiver hardware, and acquire processing systems in order to receive the higher volume of GOES-R data via GRB.
GRB Simulators

Purpose: On-site testing of user ingest and data handling systems, such as GRB field terminal sites.
  Simulation of GRB downlink functionality by generating Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) formatted GRB output data based on user-defined scenarios, test patterns, and proxy data files.

Four GRB simulators have been designated for loan to borrowers who manufacture GRB receivers and other users interested in testing their receive systems. The objective is to allow borrower access to simulators to verify GRB receive system compatibility with the GRB transmission.

The GOES-R Ground Segment Project held an Industry Day on October 25, 2013 for the purposes of informing interested parties about the GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) Simulator. For more information and to access presentations from the event, click here.
GRB Simulator Integrated Hardware
GOES-R Operational System Configuration
Front Rear
GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) Simulators are available for loan.
For information on requesting a simulator,

   Links to Detailed Information
  Core Ground Segment Functions
  GOES-R Product Definition and Users Guide (PUG) Volume 4 (GRB)
  GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) Downlink Specifications
  GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) Simulator Fact Sheet - docx | pdf
  GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) Simulator FAQs - Updated September 8, 2014
  GOES-R Rebroadcast (GRB) Transition Information
  GRB Simulator Software Release Notes Field Update 5
  Satellite Receiving Equipment Manufacturers
  User Readiness Overview
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