[Satellite TODAY 07-11-11] Globecomm Systems has recently completed the transition and expansion of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) satellite broadcast network to DVB-S2 under its subcontract to Raytheon, Globecomm announced July 8.
The satellite network functions as a one-way, point-to-multipoint satellite broadcast system that distributes data collected and produced at NOAA’s national centers to weather forecast offices. Forecasters use the to generate various alerts and warnings for severe weather.
Globecomm said it upgraded the primary and backup master ground stations using Newtec IP satellite modulators and CCM/VCM/ACM shaper and encapsulators. Globecomm also deployed 300 Novra DVB-S2 IP receivers to the forecast offices. The satellite network also was expanded to support up to 30 Mbps of data.
“This upgrade not only provides the NWS with the additional capacity required to deliver more weather data and imagery, it also allows the NWS to consolidate their weather dissemination systems,” Globecomm Vice President of Engineering Alan Henderson said in a statement.