SWF holds panel discussion on the Challenges in Sharing Weather Satellite Spectrum With Terrestrial Networks

Monday, March 30, 2015


On March 27, 2015 SWF and the American Meteorological Society held a panel discussion on "Challenges in Sharing Weather Satellite Spectrum with Terrestrial Networks." Spectrum historically reserved for broadcasting meteorological satellite data to users from the current generation of polar-orbiting satellites was recently auctioned nationwide by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for billions of dollars, and now there is a possibility that a future spectrum auction may include those currently used to download weather data from NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and for the future GOES-R series. The panelists discussed the implications if this happens, as well as the possibility of radio frequency interference between the new terrestrial commercial broadcasts and the existing satellite broadcasts that may render the satellite-received data unusable or degraded. Such interference could have significant impacts on end users. 

For more information and panelist presentations, please visit the event page.

Last updated on March 30, 2015