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Project: Critical Infrastructure Protection
Project Status: Green project status button. Project Status Key
NOAA Mission Goal: Commerce & Transportation, Weather & Water, Ecosystems, Climate
Project Manager: Angelo Wade, OSD Ground Systems Division

Project Stage:

Operations/Sustaining Engineering project stage

Project Description: The CIP project provides for the development, integration and test, and operational implementation of an Offsite Backup Facility (OBF) to assume the satellite data ingest, product generation and distribution functions in the event of a natural or man-made disaster disabling the primary ESPC facility located at the National Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF). This backup facility is located at Wallops, Virginia and provides a fully independent end-to-end data stream to support the mission critical product generation and distribution to all major ESPC users (e.g., NWS, DoD, International Partners), as well as to many secondary users of the primary facility. 

GSD staff are leading the effort and working with OSDPD personnel to acquire, install, and test systems to execute mission critical functions of ESPC using a three-phased approach. The Phase 1 CIP supports critical satellite product applications derived from NOAA primary and secondary polar-orbiting platforms, and was commissioned into operations at Wallops in July 2008 (an intermediate Phase 1.5 was subsequently commissioned to support the European MetOp suite of instruments and secondary polar applications). The Phase 2 CIP incorporated products derived primarily from NOAA Geostationary platforms and was promoted to operations in 2009. The final Phase 3 CIP is currently scheduled for operations in July 2010 and will incorporate LRIT and EMWIN services, web services, and other remaining polar and geostationary applications not ported to the CIP in the previous phases.  In all phases, each product is tagged with a priority value, ranging from Priority 0 to Priority 2, based on the return-to-service (RTS) criterion. Priority 0 (highest, RTS of 2 hours) applies primarily to real-time GOES imagery products required by the NWS forecast offices, Priority 1 (RTS of 24 hours) to products required by the NCEP forecast models, and Priority 2 (RTS of 48 hours) to all other critical products.

The commissioning of the Phase 3 CIP will satisfy the immediate requirement for a fully functional offsite backup facility for the processing and distribution of critical satellite products in the event of a disaster at NSOF. However, it is anticipated that future missions will be supported at the CIP as they are made operational at the NSOF facility. Examples include the Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM), Space Weather missions, and possibly a subset of products from the NPOESS Data Exploitation (NDE) project.

The Concept of Operations for the CIP is shown in the diagram below. The key to the near-seamless fail-over to the CIP in the event that the primary facility at NSOF is disabled is the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) cloud that serves as a common communications interface for both the CIP at Wallops and ESPC at NSOF.

CIP communications network diagram.


High-level data flow through ESPC CIP. Aerial view of the Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station (WCDAS). CIP Facility at Wallops Quiet room photo obf inside electrical view obf back&side view Rack Design obf side view 1 obf side view 2 obf side view 3