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GOES-R Ground Segment Project NSOF Lunchtime Seminar Tracy Zeiler Assistant Ground Segment Project Manager 17 September 2009. Agenda. Welcome Program Overview Ground Segment Project Functional & Performance Requirements Questions. 2. GOES-R Program Office. Weather sentinel Hurricanes

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GOES-R Ground Segment ProjectNSOF Lunchtime SeminarTracy ZeilerAssistant Ground Segment Project Manager17 September 2009



Program Overview

Ground Segment Project

Functional & Performance Requirements



Weather sentinel


Severe storms

Flash floods

Input to weather models, forecasts and warnings

Fire and smoke products for air quality monitoring and forecasting and fire fighting

Sea surface temperature monitoring for fisheries and climate

Winds for aviation

Solar imagery for communication satellites, utility companies, and astronaut safety

Environmental data collection–buoys, rain gauges…

Search and Rescue

GOES data shared within the western hemisphere

GOES Satellite Mission

goes r objectives
GOES-R Objectives

Continuity of the Geostationary Environmental Data Observational Mission

Modernization and Upgrade Measurement Technology for Temporal and Spatial Improvement

Continuation of data and products for:

Protection of Life and Property

Alerting the Public through Watches/Warnings

Preserving and Expanding the Economy

Dissemination of Data


goes r program
GOES-R Program

GOES-R acquisitions are through an integrated NOAA/NASA program office, led by NOAA, located at Goddard Space Flight Center

Roles and responsibilities identified in a NOAA/NASA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

NASA responsibilities include procurement, management, and execution of the Flight Project, including:



Launch Services

NOAA responsibilities include procurement, management, and execution of the Ground Segment Project, including:

Mission Management

Product Distribution

Product Generation

Enterprise Management

Three sites: NSOF, WCDAS, and RBU

goes r program continued
GOES-R Program (Continued)

Program System Engineering and Integration (SE&I) is a NASA-led function within the program office with significant NOAA participation

Mission Assurance function is a NASA-led function for Program and Projects

NOAA is responsible for operation of the deployed system


goes r program status
GOES-R Program Status

Key program documents signed

Level 1 Requirements Documents – June 10, 2007

NOAA/NASA Memorandum of Understanding - June 15, 2007

Spacecraft acquisition

July 22. 2009 – Lockheed-Martin

Denver, Colorado

Ground acquisition

May 27, 2009 – Harris Corporation

Melbourne, Florida

GOES-R Launch Readiness Date

September 2015


Spacecraft: NNG07193033J, NNG08193033R /

Ground: DG133E-08-RP-0068


program management structure
Program Management Structure



Program Management




AA: Mary Kicza

Program Scientist (NOAA)

Lead: Steven Goodman

GOES-R Program Office

System Program Director (SPD): Greg Mandt (NOAA)

Deputy SPD: Hal Bloom (NOAA) (reports Mar 3)

Assistant SPD: Mark Brumfield (NASA)


Center Management Council


Program Systems Engineering

Lead: Barbara Pfarr (NASA)

Deputy: Bill Mazur (NOAA)

Program Control

Lead: Stephen Schaeffer (NOAA)

Program Mission Assurance

Lead: Roman Kilgore (NASA)


Lead: David Runner (NOAA)

Kelly Mabe (NOAA)

Ground Segment Project

Project Manager: Vanessa Griffin (NOAA)

Deputy: Robin Pfister (NASA)

Assistant: Tracy Zeiler

Flight Project

Project Manager: Michael Donnelly (NASA)

Deputy: Tim Walsh (NOAA)


ground segment project support contractors
Ground Segment Project Support Contractors

The GSP operates as a truly “Badgeless Team.”

goes r acquisition background
GOES-R Acquisition Background
  • Architecture Studies
    • 12 Architecture Study contracts awarded November 2003 to evaluate end-to-end architecture approaches
  • Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR)
    • September 2005 – April 2007
    • 3 firm-fixed-price contracts
      • Define an end-to-end system architecture
      • Create detailed concept designs and cost estimates
      • Conduct system and subsystem level trade studies to identify and mitigate program risk
      • Prepare and plan for instrument transition to a space segment contractor during the A&O phase
goes r acquisition background continued
GOES-R Acquisition Background (Continued)
  • Harris Contract
    • “Ground Segment Contractor / GS ‘Core’ Contractor”
    • Awarded May 27, 2009
    • $750M
    • 10 year Period of Performance
    • Award Fee
    • Develops, Integrates, Delivers, Installs, and Tests the “Core” Ground Segment (EM, MM, PG, PD) across three Government Sites (NSOF / WCDAS / RBU) in multiple “Releases.”
    • Maintains, Sustains, and Technology Refreshes the Ground Segment through 2019.



Archive and Access


Notional Functional Overview

GOES-R Ground Segment Facilities




GOES-R Ground Segment

Functional Elements



NOAA Satellite

Operations Facility


Remote Backup


NOAA Wallops Ground

Station (WCDAS)







-- Enterprise Management --

*CLASS: Comprehensive Large Array-data

Stewardship System

*ESPC: Environmental Satellite Processing Center


requirements summary ground segment
Requirements SummaryGround Segment

Maintain Health and Safety of the Flight Systems

Key Performance Parameters (Priority Products):

Provide GRB and Cloud and Moisture Imagery, to users within latency that meets the refresh rate

Meet product allocated latencies as identified in the GS F&PS Appendix A (baseline), and Appendix D (increased Mode 4 refresh rates) (Option #1)

Overall system availability of 0.99989 (TBR) for KPP products and 0.997 (TBR) for non-KPP products

Maximum Time to Restore Service of 4.75 min for MM, KPP PG and PD

Maximum Time to Restore Service of 120 min for non-KPP PG and PD



requirements summary ground segment continued
Requirements SummaryGround Segment (Continued)

GS capability to fail over by function without failing over an entire site

Failover to RBU within 4.75 min

RBU contains Product Generation of KPP products

Continuity of legacy capabilities

Distribute products to users

Provide relay for other NOAA services

IT security requirements




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Requirements SummaryGround Segment (Continued)

Utilization rates

Memory utilization less than 50% (TBR)

CPU utilization less than 70% (TBR)

Development environment for all GS elements (software/databases)

I&T environment for operationally-equivalent I&T conditions for all GS elements

Modular, Scalable, Extensible, Expandable, and Open

Support “Plug and Play” algorithm implementations and other future upgrades

Use of existing assets

NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF), Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station (WCDAS)

Permanent data archive provided by the NOAA National Data Centers using the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS)

RF Antennas (GFE … both existing, new, and upgraded)

NOAA telecommunication assets, including inter-site WANs



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Requirements SummaryGround Segment (Continued)

Operational approach consistent with existing operational processes and procedures, and staff

Staffing level equal to or less than today’s level

Use of standards, including:

Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) standards

International Standards Organization (ISO) and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata standards

Use of common end-product format standards to ease user transition

NetCDF4 (all)

McIDAS (terrestrial)

FITS (space)


Space-Ground communications


Unique Payload Services (HRIT/EMWIN*, DCS, SARSAT)

GOES Rebroadcast (GRB)

Generate Spacecraft Commands, and Process Spacecraft Telemetry

5-day local storage of raw data for anomaly resolution

Life-of-the-mission storage of engineering telemetry and event messages

Generate and manage command loads 7 days in advance

Process raw (instrument) data to Level 0

Perform mission scheduling and planning

Perform Orbit & Attitude determination and maneuver planning

Requirements SummaryMission Management


Conduct Product Monitoring (L1b)

Routine instrument calibration support

Image Navigation and Registration (INR) monitoring

Telemetry data archive, engineering analysis system, and remote access to telemetry


Flight Software (FSW) Development Environment

Spacecraft and Instrument Simulators

Antennas and front-end RF equipment

Requirements SummaryMission Management (Continued)



Process Level 0 data to calibrated and navigated products (Level 1b)

Assemble GRB data set

Assemble Emulated GVAR (eGVAR) data sets

Receive ancillary data files

Process Level 1b data to Level 2/2+

Product Sets 1 and 2 (baseline), and Product Sets 3 and 4 (Option #2)

Send Level 1b, Level 2/2+ products and associated data to PD

Provide a portable simulation capability for GRB data to test user ingest and data handling systems (GRB Simulator)

Maintain calibration database for the life-of-the-mission

Monitor Product quality for Level 2/2+

Requirements SummaryProduct Generation


Distribute GRB to the MM for Rebroadcast

Distribute data and products (L1b, L2/2+) to operational users

Translate products into appropriate formats

Provide a GOES-R User Access Point for products (“GAS”)

Deliver to 7-day store for User Access (“GAS”)

Distribute selected data, products (L0, L1b, L2/L2+), ancillary data, algorithms, and associated metadata to CLASS for long-term archive

Distribute emulated GOES Variable Format (eGVAR) to GOES-N ground segment for RF transmission through GOES-N series satellites

Requirements SummaryProduct Distribution


Monitor and Report status on the entire GS

All GS components (hardware and software)


Communication links and antenna operations


Receive status from GS Elements

Provide real time textual and graphical display of system performance and status

Monitor and maintain statistics on network status, system resources, utilization, etc.

Requirements SummaryEnterprise Management


Identify anomalous conditions, correlate failures, initiate diagnostic process

Monitor and report primary and backup site functions, and the interfaces to external systems

Provide event status, tracking, and investigation

Monitor and report enterprise IT security

Control segment elements via Ground Directives from any site

E.g., Antenna System

Requirements SummaryEnterprise Management (Continued)




Three Releases have been established to support various program review, test, and preparation activities.

Release MM (GRD – 28 months) includes Mission Management command and telemetry capabilities, installed and tested at the NSOF site.

Release 1 (GRD – 14 months) includes Mission Management, Enterprise Management, Product Generation for Product Set 1, and Product Distribution capabilities, installed, integrated, and tested across the three operational sites.

Release 2 (GRD – 8 months) includes all the capabilities of Release 1, plus Product Set 2.



government furnished property gfp summary
Government Furnished Property (GFP) Summary
  • Facilities at NSOF, WCDAS, and RBU
  • Antennas (NSOF)
  • Inter-site communications circuits
  • Algorithms
  • Test Data
  • Simulators
  • T&C Database
  • Flight Software Development Environment
  • Documentation, e.g.,
    • Spacecraft T&C Handbook
    • Instrument Calibration Databooks
    • Security
  • Common Anomaly Tracking System (CATS) Database
transition to operations
Transition to Operations

Support for GOES-R GS transition to operations

Operations and support documentation




Training for operators and maintenance personnel

Input to Government user support activities

Operations support including GOES-S Pre-launch and Launch activities

Support Post GOES-R Launch Testing

September 2015 – June 2016


transition to operations continued
Transition to Operations(Continued)

Ensure Severity I and II DRs are closed prior to acceptance

Sustainment support




A GS Acceptance Review will review Ground Segment readiness for final acceptance by the Government

July 2016




GOES-R Ground Segment is critical to the success of the GOES-R Program and the achievement of NOAA environmental monitoring objectives.

Additionally, GOES-R will be the subject of considerable review both within the administration and in Congress.

A strong working relationship between the GSP and the Operating Units (OSO & OSDPD) is critical to GOES-R success.