Overview - About The Users
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service
held the 2011 Satellite Direct Readout Conference in Miami, Florida, April 4-8, 2011.
NOAA operates both Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) and Geostationary
Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). The data from the NOAA satellites are available to all
countries and users world-wide, and are utilized to support a variety of meteorological, oceanographic,
terrestrial, solar, climatic, and other specialized data collection activities and services.
During the next decade, the launch of the next generation of geostationary satellites, the GOES-R series, along with the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the EUMETSAT’s MetOp series of polar-orbiting satellites will result in significant changes in data rates, volumes and acquisition. The changes brought about by these new satellite systems will affect all current and future users of environmental satellites, particularly those who receive data directly from the satellites. In time, all users will need to modify or replace current receiving equipment and basic processing software as the next generations of satellites begin operation. The purpose of this Direct Readout Conference was to continue the effort to inform all users on our future direct readout and re-broadcast services to ensure they are aware of upcoming technology enhancements and prepare them for these changes.
The theme of the 2011 Satellite Direct Readout Conference was “Real-time Access for Real-time Applications”
April 4-8, 2011
Hilton Miami Airport
Updated: May 2011