GOES ABI Manager
A program to manage GOES-ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager) data is under development, and is complementary to other my other satellite software such as GeoSatSignal (for multi-channel sensor combinations and projection remapping) and the MSG Animator (for simple single-channel animations). Currently the program supports GOES-16 (GOES-East) and GOES-17 (GOES-West).
Getting the Data
You need to register with EUMETSAT to receive the data over EUMETCast. Use the EO Portal to register.
The data is sent on the new EUMETCast transponder, so you might require
either a second EUMETCast receiver, or to configure a dual-input tuner to
receive both transponder 1 and transponder 2 simultaneously. This is
possible as both transponders have the same polarisation and are in the same
frequency band. I have some notes on
Processing the Data - downloading the program
Beta version: This program is under continual development - check here for the latest update.
You need one copy of the program for each of GOES-16 and GOES-17, but both of the executable files can be in the same directory (e.g. D:\Tools\SatSignal\GOES-ABI-Manager\ but they must have different names:
Using the data
A recently published paper from Tim J Schmidt describes the use of the 16 spectral band data. Here's the abstract:
Strange image - bits missing?
If you are seeing strange images around 05:00 UTC, like the one below, don't panic! It's around the local midnight time, and the scanner would see a direct view of the sun near the edge of the earth. This could damage the imager (just as your eye's retina or camera sensor could be damaged) so steps are taken to prevent this happening, while preserving as much of the rest of the image as possible.