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An overview of the GOES-R ground segment architecture
Author(s): Dennis Hansen; John Bristow; Satya Kalluri; Allan Weiner; Gerald Dittberner
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system, Series R (GOES-R) provides continuity of the GOES mission and improvement of its remotely-sensed environmental data. The GOES-R system consists of the Space and Ground Segments. The Space Segment consists of spacecraft bus, its remote-sensing instruments, and communications payloads; while the Ground Segment consists of all Earth-based functions, provides satellite operations and instrument product generation and distribution. This paper presents an overview of the GOES-R Ground Segment (GS) architecture as it continues to evolve consistent with the GOES-R Ground Segment Project (GSP) approved requirements documents. The GOES-R Ground Segment operates from three sites. The first is the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD which houses the primary Mission Management (MM), and selected Enterprise Management (EM), Product Generation (PG), and Product Distribution (PD) functions. The Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station (WCDAS), located in Wallops, VA, provides the primary space communications services, EM and MM functions, and selected PG and PD functions. The third site is a geographically diverse remote backup facility (RBU) located at Fairmont, WV. The architecture has been developed to allow integrated operation within a geographically distributed framework. Because of the unique configuration of the Mission Management Element, the Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Site will have the ability to assume control of satellite operations in the event of an emergency - when authorized by the primary NSOF controllers. This concept allows the Enterprise Management element to have available a wide range of capabilities governed by operations policy rather than the need for system upgrades. This concept also provides flexibility for addition and deletion of modules for major functions. The use of Service Based Architecture concepts within the Product Generation element (PG) provides service interaction capabilities for product generation with only a fraction of the necessary overhead.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7813, Remote Sensing System Engineering III, 781304 (26 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859882
Show Author Affiliations
Dennis Hansen, Harris Corp. (United States)
John Bristow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Satya Kalluri, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Allan Weiner, Harris Corp. (United States)
Gerald Dittberner, Harris Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7813:
Remote Sensing System Engineering III
Philip E. Ardanuy; Jeffery J. Puschell, Editor(s)

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