On January 23, NOAA and NASA released the first images from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on board GOES-R (GOES-16). Following a successful November launch and outgassing, the first “full disk” image from the ABI was received and processed by the GOES-R program. GOES-R is the most advanced weather satellite ever, with advanced imaging, lightning detection, and space weather observational capabilities never before seen. GOES-R (GOES-16) will be operated by NOAA and provide high spatial, temporal, and multi-channel scanning beginning Spring 2017. Following handover from NASA to NOAA, GOES-16 will be positioned at 75 deg West or 137 deg West (TBD). Unisys Weather will down-link the GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) and have high speed connectivity to the Product Distribution and Access (PDA) at NOAA to provide ABI, lightning mapper (GLM), and advanced derived products to clients. In addition, the Unisys NOAAPort Gateway has been updated to receive the new GRE and GRW NOAAPort channels, which will include sectorized cloud and moisture imagery from the GOES-16 ABI. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Unisys Weather recently won the competitive recompete for the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Radar Mosaic Data Delivery Services contract. This win will secure Unisys as the contractor responsible for delivering mission critical data and products to NOAA’s National Centers for over 20 years (Unisys began delivery in 1996). This work includes providing Unisys’ patented radar mosaic products and single site NEXRAD level III products to the National Weather Service’s Aviation Weather, Storm Prediction, Weather Prediction, and Hurricane Centers across the country. Unisys does this via combined satellite and internet distribution system, enhancing reliability and redundancy. Unisys provides radar mosaic products generated from all NWS NEXRAD doppler radars and FAA’s Terminal Doppler Weather Radars (TDWR) with complex algorithms to remove “non-weather” data and only provide critical data to the forecasters at each Center.
NOAA has switched GOES-East operations back to GOES-13 at 15:45 UTC on June 10, 2013. Users of Unisys NOAAPort receive systems and users of satellite data from WeatherMax will see the updated imagery. For additional information, please refer to NOAA’s Satellite Products and Services Division.
NOAA satellite engineers have successfully restored GOES-13 and will bring back GOES-13 as the operational GOES-East satellite on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at approximately 1545 UTC. GOES-14, located over 105W, has been acting as GOES-East since a significant navigation anomaly was suffered by GOES-13 on May 22. Additional information can be found at: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/SATS/MESS/MSG1551908.01.txt
NOAA is experiencing a significant anomaly with the GOES-East (GOES-13) imager and sounder. Sounder imagery stopped as of 9/23 1126 UTC, imager stopped as of 9/23 2122 UTC. GOES-West (GOES-15) has been placed in 30-minute Full Disk mode to cover the outage. In addition, NOAA is transmitting GOES-West (GOES-15) GVAR through the GOES-East (GOES-13) downlink. Unisys NOAAPORT and satellite data customers will see data from GOES-West until further notice. Effects include reduced coverage of the Atlantic Ocean and colder cloud tops off of the Eastern US (due to low scanning angle from GOES-West). Updates from NOAA can be found at: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/SATS/messages.html or on NOAAPORT under WMO headers NOUS71 KNES