Aerospace Completes Installation of Third-Generation Multi-Constellation User Terminal at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Operations Facility

Corporate Staff
posted November 30, 2012

Background:

The National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration (NOAA) Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF), located in Suitland, Maryland, is the primary command and control center for the many environmental satellites under the purview of the NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS). The primary environmental satellites supported from the NSOF include GOES, POES, DMSP, and Jason. The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites tasked NOAA to develop a low-cost MCUT at the NSOF capable of receiving and displaying data from as many meteorological satellites as practical.

Value Added:

NOAA/NESDIS Office of Systems Development funded Aerospace to develop the first MCUT prototype. Aerospace has since developed a series of MCUT prototypes as the suite of environmental satellites on-orbit has progressed. On Nov. 2, 2010, a team of Aerospace engineers completed installation of the third-generation MCUT III at the NSOF. Following checkout of the computer/controller and antenna alignment, successful passes were taken for both GOES and POES. MCUT III will be used by the NOAA Office of Systems Operations Engineering Branch for data analysis, and at Aerospace for development in the GOES-R program. Aerospace is also developing an operations manual to be used for training and operation of the system. NOAA plans to enhance the data interface to be compatible with other existing environmental satellite assets.