254 Common Ground Through Open Interfaces

Monday, 23 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Shawn W. Miller, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, Aurora, CO; and K. D. Grant and M. Panas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are jointly acquiring the next-generation civilian weather and environmental satellite system: the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).  The Joint Polar Satellite System will replace the afternoon orbit component and ground processing system of the current Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) managed by NOAA.  The Joint Polar Satellite System satellites will carry a suite of sensors designed to collect meteorological, oceanographic, climatological, and solar-geophysical observations of the earth, atmosphere, and space.

The ground processing system for JPSS is known as the JPSS Common Ground System (JPSS CGS) and provides command, control, and communications (C3) and data processing and product delivery.  Developed and maintained by Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS), the CGS is a globally distributed, multi-mission system serving NOAA, NASA Department of Defense (DoD), and international missions, such as NASA’s Earth Observation System (EOS), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) polar-orbiting satellites (currently MetOp), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Global Change Observation Mission – Water (GCOM-W1), and DoD’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). The CGS has demonstrated its scalability and flexibility to incorporate multiple missions efficiently and with minimal cost, schedule and risk, while strengthening global partnerships in weather and environmental monitoring.

Moving forward into the future, these tenets will need to continue being applied: common solutions, leveraging of interagency and international partnerships, and flexibility for minimization of life cycle cost, schedule and risk. In this paper, we will describe a high level path forward for the CGS to continually enable the realization of these tenets, with an emphasis on open interfaces and ways to integrate with frameworks such as the Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC).

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