Harris Corporation & NOAA Partnered At Launching New Tracking Tool For Weather Satellite Operations

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered at developing and launching a new tool that will help track and report anomalies in critical weather satellite information.

A tool, PATRON (Product Anomaly, Ticket, Relationship, Organization, and Notification), created for the Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite was immediately implemented to support other environmental satellites in operation today. PATRON is a trouble reporting and tracking system for satellite weather products created by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service's Office of Satellite Products and Operations (OSPO). Any abnormal occurrences in the process of receiving instrument data from the satellite, processing and formatting the data into usable weather products, and distributing the weather products to end users are considered anomalies.

Also, according to Harris Corporation, PATRON has a relational database that contains the definitions of all NOAA satellites, onboard instruments, ground system computers, products generated from the data of each instrument, and the subject matter experts related to each product. By integrating all of this data, PATRON enables users to analyze the impacts of product-related anomalies across the entire system.

Harris Government Communications Systems, Environmental Systems Product Line President, Romy Olaisen said, "PATRON enhances the capabilities and reliability of the former system, enabling NOAA to significantly improve its anomaly reporting and tracking. The PATRON database now provides an enterprise-wide view of anomalies and their impacts."

Representing an early release of the anomaly reporting and tracking tool that will be delivered with the GOES-R Ground Segment in 2015, PATRON was developed collaboratively by Harris, the GOES-R Ground Segment prime contractor; the GOES-R Ground Segment Project Data Operations Support Team; and the OSPO/Satellite Products and Services Division. A four-month, agile development approach was used, which included participation by operators who are using the tool.

Ground Segment will process approximately 60 times more data than is possible today, and deliver weather products to NOAA's National Weather Service and more than 10,000 other direct users. The Ground Segment will receive and process satellite data, generate and distribute products from satellite data, and provide command and control of the geostationary satellites.

Harris is a recognized leader in satellite ground data processing and mission command-and-control systems. Harris ground data processing systems consist of commodity hardware and a flexible suite of software to receive satellite sensor data and process it into products that provide actionable information under stringent timelines. Harris command-and-control systems feature commercial-off-the-shelf design and high levels of flexibility. Designed for government and commercial applications, they support single-satellite missions as well as some of the largest and most complex satellite fleets deployed today.

John Diaz
Eagan, Minesotta
Satellite Communications Companies


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