Weather Satellite Operations

While weather has always had an extreme impact on humankind’s conditions, environmental monitoring is becoming increasingly important in today’s changing world. By directly supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Satellite Operations Control Center, which oversees and operates our nation’s primary constellation of weather observing satellites, SGT plays a significant role in ensuring we not only know more about terrestrial weather, but that we learn from it. From launch to post-launch, test to operations, SGT supports operations of systems that help us monitor and learn more about terrestrial weather. We provide systems engineering, software maintenance, systems administration, and network administration in support of the ground system satellite operations for a series of satellites managed by NOAA to provide terrestrial weather information which is used by a variety of agencies. Missions include GOES, GOES-R, POES, JPSS, JASON2/ OSTM, and DMSP.

Skills include:

  • Weather satellite operations support
  • Weather satellite data dissemination
  • Satellite ground systems design, implementation, and maintenance

Additional projects:

  • Scientific Programming and Analysis Support: NOAA SOCC, NESDIS SAB, NIC ESPDS O&M — SGT provides scientific programming and analysis support to the NOAA SOCC, NESDIS Satellite Applications Branch (SAB) and the National Ice Center (NIC)on the ESPDS O&M contract. We support the transition of STAR-developed products into routine operation. We coordinate with STAR, SAB, OSPO and end users to ensure GOES, POES, DMSP, and METOP products execute properly within the production environment and meet user needs.
  • NCEP Support — For the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), in College Park, MD, SGT supports the National Centers-Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (NAWIPS)maintenance, enhancement and migration to the new AWIPS-II SOA framework, as well as the design, development, operation, and implementation and maintenance of software for the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS).
  • STAR Scientific and Technical Research Support — For the NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR)in College Park, MD, SGT supports STAR scientific and technical research to better characterize the performance of satellite instruments, and to develop and operate tools and applications required to ensure the accuracy and reliability of derived products throughout the life of the mission.
  • NOAA Security Support — Under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cyber Security Center Support (NCSCS)contract, SGT provided IT security support to the NOAA Security Operations Center (SOC) and the deployment/maintenance of the NOAA Enterprise Security System (ESS). The SOC efforts include providing support to an enterprise Vulnerability Scanner Tool: support all hardware, software maintenance, NOAA and department reporting of any resulting security related items. The ESS effort involves maintaining ArcSight tool configurations; on-board an average of 7 FISMA systems per quarter; managing a distributed SIEM model at approximately 45 sites initially with an expectation to double each year up to approximately 150 sites.
  • Airspace and Traffic Operations Lab — SGT engineers led the development of a high fidelity weather scenario generator and server based on historical weather data that enables NASA to test these concepts in realistic environmental conditions.
  • CTAS / FACET Integration — SGT engineers integrated existing Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET)and Center/TRACON Automation System (CTAS) simulators into combined capability to test Dynamic Weather Route concepts and the impact of weather reroutes on downstream sector loading. Modeling includes integration of Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) ((beta 2b) fuel burn, emission modeling) and updated time-variant contrail models.