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GOES-East Satellite Imagery Update

On Thursday, December 14th, NOAA has turned off the current GOES-13 (East) weather satellite and replaced it with the more advanced GOES-16 (GOES-R) satellite. Users will see a gap in the satellite imagery as Unisys works to release an update to the visualization software used to make the satellite images and loops. We hope to have that online by Friday, December 15th.

We are aware that the new GOES-16 imagery has issues with plotting on the sat/sfc map, as well as the composites of East/West on some of the hemispheric images (currently they show GOES-16 only, and do not cover Alaska and most of the Pacific due to GOES-16′s location). We are working to resolve the issue.

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

GOES-R Data and Products at Unisys

GOES-R is NOAA’s latest geostationary weather satellite and it set to launch on Saturday, November 19th at 5:42 EST. Upon successful launch and checkout, GOES-R will be placed at 89.5 degrees West. GOES-R will provide a major increase in spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution in satellite imagery as well as the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). Unisys will be a vendor for GOES-R data and products. If your company is interested in obtaining GOES-R data or products to support your operations, please contact sales-support (-at-) weather.unisys.com for additional information.