WEATHER SATELLITES
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POLAR APT, DIGITAL and GEOSTATIONARY WEEKLY STATUS.
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Author : Douglas S Deans.
E-mail : dsdeans@btinternet.com
Twitter : Douglas Deans @GM4VZY

Section 4 has updates.

SECTION 1: POLAR APT/LRPT REPORT 15th December 2014.
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Satellite Frequency (MHz) Status Image Quality

NOAA 15 137.620 (APT) on good
NOAA 18 137.9125 (APT) on good
NOAA 19 137.100 (APT) on good but see Note 6
Metop-A 137.100 (LRPT) off see Note 1
Metop-B No LRPT service
Meteor M N1 137.100 (LRPT) off see Note 6
Meteor M N2 Part commissioning (LRPT operational 137.100 but with
occasional loss of imagery).

CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

NOTES.
1. Metop-A's A-side LRPT transmitter has failed. Currently the redundant
B-side transmitter is off until further notice (No further service
expected due to interference with HIRS instrument).

2. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd May 2007.

3. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

4. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

5. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

6. Signals have been reported from Meteor M N1 but they are
sporadic with periods off. Although classed as LRPT it does not
conform to the CGMS standard.
During in-fill carrier phase this satellite can cause interference to
NOAA 19 when footprints overlap.
Contact lost with satellite on 23rd September 2014.

7. Elements are available from :-
http://www.space-track.org and
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

LAUNCHES.
None expected.

SECTION 2: POLAR HRPT/AHRPT REPORT 15th December 2014
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CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Satellite Frequency Antenna Mode Image Quality
(MHz)
NOAA 15 1702.5 Omni HRPT Weak
NOAA 18 1707.0 RHCP HRPT Good
NOAA 19 1698.0 RHCP HRPT Good
Feng Yun 3A 1704.5 RHCP see note 6.
Feng Yun 3B 1704.5 RHCP see note 6.
Feng Yun 3C 1701.3 RHCP see note 9.
Metop-A 1701.3 RHCP AHRPT Good (note 5)
Metop-B 1701.3 RHCP AHRPT Good.
Meteor M N1 1700 See note 7.
Meteor M N2 1700 commissioning
NPP see Note 8.

NOTES.

1. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd June 2007.

2. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

3. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

4. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

5. On 25 May 2009, Eumetsat extended the coverage of the Advanced High
Resolution Picture Transmission (AHRPT) system on Eumetsat's Metop-A
polar-orbiting satellite. The improved service provides additional
coverage over the Gulf of Mexico and Indian Ocean regions.
For more information, please see:
http://www.eumetsat.int/Home/Main/Media/Features/710601

6. Feng Yun 3A was declared operational on 12th January 2009.
I am also grateful to Dave Wright of Dartcom for confirming that
unfortunately (as usual) the Chinese have not strictly complied with the
CGMS AHRPT Global Standard so reception using a standard Metop AHRPT
receiver is not possible.
Update: The second in the series, Feng Yun 3B was launched on
4th November 2010. I expect the information above for 3A will
equally apply to 3B.
My thanks to Johnny Lin for drawing this to my attention.

7. It appears that Meteor M N1 is neither using full HRPT or AHRPT and
cannot be received using current receivers. Please see other WSR mails
for further explanation :-
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/weather-satellite-reports/message/2098.
Continual sporadic problems with transmission.
Contact lost with satellite 23rd September 2014.

8. As this weather satellite has no S-band transmitter, it is included for
information only.

9. I am grateful to David Wright of Dartcom (http://www.dartcom.co.uk) for
providing up to date information for Feng Yun 3C.
Now fully operational but the Chinese have changed the data rate compared
to FY-3A and B. FY-3C DB downlink data rate is 3.9 Mbps after RS
Encoding.
Frequency is also different - it is on 1701.3 MHz same frequency as Metop
A/B. It still requires a special AHRPT receiver like FY-3A/B. They have
also changed the polarisation of the X-Band downlink to LHCP.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.

SECTION 3: GEOSTATIONARY REPORT 15th December 2014
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CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Europe & Africa
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Satellite : Meteosat 8 (3.5E)
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : No. Standby. Note when operational
there is no direct readout LRIT.

Satellite : Meteosat 9 (9.5 E) (note 6).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes (RSS).

Satellite : Meteosat 10 (0).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : Yes.

North America
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East.
Satellite : GOES 13 (75 W).
Data: GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: Yes.

West.
Satellite : GOES 15 (135W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational : Yes.

Satellite : GOES 14 (105W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: Standby.

Asia (Russian Operated Satellite)
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Satellite : ELECTRO-L (76 E)
Data : HRIT/LRIT.
Operational : No.

Asia (European Operated Satellites)
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Satellite : Meteosat 7 (57.5E)
HRI (digital) - 1691 MHz
Wefax (analogue) occasionally for ranging purposes
only.
Operational : Yes.

Asia (Indian Operated Satellite)
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Satellite : Metsat
Data : None available.
Operational : Yes.

Satellite : Insat 3A (Note 2.)
Data : VHRR (digital) 2599 MHz
Operational : Yes.

Satellite: Insat 3D
Data : HRIT/LRIT 4781 MHz
Sounder 4798 MHz.
Operational : No. Commissioning.

Asia (Korean Operated Satellite)
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Satellite : COMS (128.2 E)
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes.

Asia & Oceania (Japanese Operated Satellites)
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Satellite : MTSAT-1R (140 E) (note 4.)
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz.
LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.
(Note 5.)
Operational : No.

Satellite : MTSAT-2 (145 E).
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz
LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.
Operational : Yes

Asia & Oceania (Chinese Operated Satellites)
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Satellite : Feng Yun 2D (86.5E).
Data : SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes.

Satellite: Feng Yun 2E (104 E).
Data : SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes.

NOTES.

1. Meteosat 7 stopped its 0 service at 09.00 UTC on 14th June 2006.

2. Insat 3A is a combined data and meteorological satellite.

3. For those interested in EMWIN data, the following sats/frequencies apply.

GOES 15 (135 W) 1692.700 MHz
GOES 13 (75 W) 1692.700 MHz
For further info. there are many sources but the following is
particularly informative:-
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/emwin/user-intro.htm

4. This satellite is also known as HIMAWARI 6.

5. HiRID and WEFAX was discontinued on 12th March 2008. It was replaced
with HRIT/LRIT (after many months of dual dissemination).

6. Only LRIT (1691.0 MHz) is provided in direct readout.
Full HRIT and LRIT service from Eumetcast.

7. GOES-12 was decommissioned on 16th August 2013.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.

SECTION 4: EUMETCAST REPORT 15th December 2014
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Service Status Eurobird 9A Satellite (9 E)

EARS On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
Meteosat 8 Off Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
Meteosat 9 On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
Meteosat 10 On Transponder TP63 11976.82 MHz
DWDSAT On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
EPS(Metop-A) On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
EPS(Metop-B) On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz
Jason On Transponder TP63: 11976.82 MHz

CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
General Note updated.
Meteosat 9 (RSS) Note added.
Metop, S-NPP and NOAA Global Data Service Note updated.
Metop, S-NPP and NOAA Global and Regional Data Service Note updated.
Metop AHRPT Direct Readout Note updated.
Third-Party Data and Products Note updated.

THIS WEEK AND FUTURE POSSIBLE EVENTS.
GENERAL NOTE.
5 January 2015 around 10:00 UTC.
The EUMETCast-Europe DVB-S service will be stopped. This was initially
planned for 31 December 2014 but is now happening on 5 January 2015 due to
an activity freeze on the DVB-S service provider side.

METEOSAT 9 (RSS).
16 December 2014 09:00 UTC - 18 December 2014 09:00 UTC.
Monthly RSS interruption.
Meteosat-9 Rapid Scanning Service (RSS) will be suspended for scheduled Full
Earth Scanning and Ground Segment Maintenance.
Meteosat-8 RSS image data, rectified to 9.5 deg E, replaces the Meteosat-9
service. The RSS meteorological product service is not available during this
timeframe.
An outage of 15 minutes (or slightly more) can be expected when switching to
and from Meteosat-8.

METOP, S-NPP AND NOAA GLOBAL DATA SERVICE.
15 December 2014 15:08 UTC.
Metop-B - ASCAT Gain Compression.
A short outage of all ASCAT products can be expected.

19 December 2014 08:51 - 09:03 UTC.
Metop-B - MHS Machine Error Counter Reset A short outage of all MHS products
can be expected.

20 December 2014 05:12 - 09:12 UTC.
Metop-A - IASI External Calibration.
IASI GDS Level 1C and Level 2 products will not be available.

METOP, S-NPP AND NOAA GLOBAL AND REGIONAL DATA SERVICE.
01 October 2014 - 19 January 2015 - Metop-A.
22 December 2014 - 28 February 2015 - Metop-B.
ASCAT Extensive Calibration Short outages of the ASCAT GDS Level 1, soil
moisture and global and regional winds products can be expected, during
satellite passes over Turkey.

16 December 2014.
Metop-B In-plane manoeuvre.
Burn time: 12:01:14.224 UTC duration 5.082 seconds.
SEM and GOME data will be unavailable.
A temporary degradation of the quality of GRAS Level 1 products is to be
expected starting at the time of the manoeuvre.
All AMSU-A, ASCAT, ATOVS, AVHRR, HIRS, IASI and MHS products may have
temporarily degraded quality geo-location data after the time of the
manoeuvre.

METOP AHRPT DIRECT READOUT.
16 December 2014 08:38 - 08:44 UTC (Metop-A).
16 December 2014 09:31 - 09:37 UTC (Metop-B) SEM MPED in flight calibration
A short outage of all SEM products can be expected at these times.

THIRD-PARTY DATA AND PRODUCTS.
From 11 December 2014.
MODIS dbwinds.
The dissemination of MODIS dbwinds products from Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) has resumed on 11 December 2014.

FUTURE EVENTS.
Meteosat 9 (RSS).
13 January 2015 09:00 UTC - 10 February 2015 09:00 UTC.
Meteosat-9 RSS yearly 1-month interruption.
There will be no RSS gap filling coverage from Meteosat-8 during the one
month Meteosat-9 RSS outage.
For more details, please see:
http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/ServiceStatus/RapidScanningServiceSchedule/index.html

The following EPS GDS products are available on Eumetcast.

EPS-2 PID 510 Metop AMSA operational
EPS-3 PID 510 Metop ASCAT operational
EPS-5 PID 510 Metop GOME operational
EPS-6 PID 510 Metop GRAS operational
EPS-7 PID 510 Metop HIRS operational
EPS-8 PID 510 Metop MHS operational
EPS-9 PID 510 Metop SEM operational
EPS-10 PID 510 Metop AVHRR operational
EPS-11 PID 510 Metop IASI operational
EPS-12 PID 510 Metop HKTM operational
EPS-13 PID 510 NOAA AMSA operational
EPS-15 PID 510 NOAA GAC operational
EPS-16 PID 510 NOAA HIRS operational
EPS-17 PID 510 NOAA MHS operational
EPS-18 PID 510 EPS Service News operational
EPS-19 PID 510 Test service operational
EPS-Africa PID 300 EPS Europe/Africa operational
EPS-Global PID 300 EPS Global data operational
(EPS-19 may sometimes be limited to Manufacturers)

NOTES.

1. Reports for all sections should be sent to :-
Douglas Deans. dsdeans@btinternet.com

2. For further information on the Eumetcast service see :-
David Taylor's web site : http://www.satsignal.eu
or the Eumetsat web site : www.eumetsat.int

GENERAL
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http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

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