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Update on NWS NOAAPort C-Band Transition: January 2018

To all Unisys NOAAPort Gateway and Unisys C-band channel users:

NOAA/NWS has announced that there will be a “dual illumination” period starting on December 5, 2017 to the cutover date of January 16, 2018 for both the current SES-1 and the new Galaxy-28 for the NOAAPort broadcast. Please see update at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-111sbn_noaaportaaa.htm

NOAAPort clients still requiring maintenance to repoint their antenna to Galaxy-28 can contact Unisys Weather at: technical-support@weather.unisys.com

NWS NOAAPort C-Band Transition: January 2018

Today, NOAA/NWS announced on or about January 16, 2018, NOAA will be moving the NWS NOAAPort Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) from its current broadcast on SES-1 at 101W to Intelsat’s Galaxy 28 satellite at 89W. The details of this transition including any overlap period can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-111sbn_noaaport.htm

For those clients using Unisys NOAAPort Gateways with the Novra S-300 receiver should not require new equipment to receive the signal from Galaxy 28. However, users requiring antenna adjustment can contact Unisys Weather at 800-610-9473 or technical-support@weather.unisys.com and Unisys will provide assistance in setting up site visits for your NOAAPort antenna adjustment.

For those clients receiving the Unisys C-band channel or a combination of both NOAAPort SBN and Unisys C-band channel, we will notify you if/when Unisys transitions to Galaxy 28 or provide similar services. Unisys -may- provide landline access for Unisys C-Band channel users from our Weather Data Center or through the Amazon Web services (AWS) cloud.

GOES-16 Products for Unisys NOAAPort Users

GOES-16 (GOES-R) Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) sectorized cloud and moisture imagery (SCMI) will be available via NOAAPort starting at around 18:00 UTC on Thursday, March 2. The products, in netCDF 4 format, should be accessible via the GRE channel (PID 108) with the most recent Unisys NOAAPort version 9.4 or 9.5. Users still needing to download and install Unisys NOAAPort 9.4 (for CentOS/RHEL 5 or 6) or 9.5 (for CentOS/RHEL 7) should contact Unisys at technical-support@weather.unisys.com .

A NWS Service Change notice (SCN) has been issued at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-24goes16.htm

Details on the SCMI headers, sectors, and scanning strategy can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/noaaport/document/GOES-R_NOAAPort_SBN_040416.pdf
GOES-16 NOAA derived products (volcanic ash, cloud top height, SST, etc) will not be sent through NOAAPort SBN, except for a small period of testing at a later date. GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will also not be transmitted via NOAAPort SBN. Customers interested in these products including additional ABI products or sectors can contact Unisys at sales-support@weather.unisys.com for ingesting these products into your Unisys NOAAPort Gateway via LDM and/or the Unisys C-Band satellite channel.

First Images from GOES-R

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 sales-support@weather.unisys.com

Unisys Providing Weather Data to SimuAWIPS

Unisys Weather is now working with SimuAWIPS to provide operational weather data and products for the SimuAWIPS Software as a Service (SaaS) application. SimuAWIPS is a web browser based application which provides an Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) simulated console for meteorologists and weather enthusiasts. Unisys Weather, a leading provider of operational weather information, is providing NWS NOAAPort products for ingest and display in SimuAWIPS.


For more information, visit SimuAWIPS for a tour and a free trial.