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Satellite Services

Argos DCS  |  EMWIN  |  GEONETCast Americas  |  GOES DCS  |  LRIT  |  NOAA Satellite Conferences  |  NOAASIS  |  SARSAT

Argos Data Collection System (DCS) Service Description

Argos DCS is an environmental data collection relay system that adds the benefits of providing global coverage and platform location. The system consists of in-situ data collection platforms equipped with sensors and transmitters and the Argos instrument aboard polar-orbiting satellites.

More information about the Argos DCS


Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) Service Description

Service operated by the National Weather Service that provides Emergency Weather Information rebroadcast through GOES satellites. With a low cost receiver, users in the GOES footprint can be forewarned of hazardous conditions.

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GEONETCast Americas Service Description

GEONETCast is a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata and products to diverse communities.

GEONETCast Americas serves most of North, Central, and South America using inexpensive satellite receiver stations based on Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) standards.

Visit the GEONETCast Americas website

GEONETCast Americas Coverage Area

GOES Data Collection System (DCS) Service Description

The GOES DCS is a data relay system used to transmit observations from surface based environmental platforms through NOAA's geostationary satellites, for delivery back to the platform owner. Government agencies (U.S. federal, state, local, and international) anywhere in the footprint of GOES can apply to use the system. Users are given frequency and time slots for their transmissions. The GOES DCS is the critical communication tool for near real time observations for almost every network in this and neighboring countries.

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GOES DCS Data Path
GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) Service Description

The GOES-R series GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) provides the primary relay of full resolution, calibrated, near-real- time direct broadcast Level 1b data from each instrument and Level 2 data from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). To receive the data, users can purchase the necessary equipment (computer, software, antenna, and receiver) from commercial companies for unlimited access to the GOES-16 signals. There is no fee or license requirement required by NOAA to receive this data.

More GOES GRB information

Low-Rate Information Transmission (LRIT) Service Description

LRIT is a collection of low resolution NOAA data and products, packaged into a single stream, and rebroadcast over NOAA geostationary satellites. Users can obtain this information with low cost ground systems.

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Satellite Dishes
NOAA Satellite Conferences Service Description

The NOAA Satellite Conference for Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS Users held April 8th through 12th, 2013 in College Park, Maryland was a great success. There has been significant interest in obtaining the posters and presentations. Copies of the 2013 presentations can be found and downloaded from our Conference page. We hope you find the information useful.

For information on other years proceedings, visit the conferences website.

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NOAA Satellite Information System (NOAASIS) Service Description

The Satellite Information System (NOAASIS) web site is a central location for finding information about NOAA environmental satellites (GOES and POES). Information is provided by various contributors within the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and the external satellite community. This site provides information of particular interest to users who operate their own direct readout receiving stations.

Additional Links:
Information Gateway – Provides essential information for NOAA satellite direct readout station operators and users of NOAA environmental satellite data.
Quick Look – Direct access to limited navigational and operational information.
Special Bulletins

NOAASIS website
SARSAT Service Description

As an integral part of worldwide search and rescue, NOAA operates the Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System to detect and locate mariners, aviators, and recreational enthusiasts in distress almost anywhere in the world at anytime and in almost any condition. This information is then provided to search and rescue authorities.

Visit the SARSAT website