The concept of RARS is being expanded and replaced by the “Direct Broadcast Network for Low Earth Orbit Satellite Data” (DBNet) which is currently under definition in consultation with all partners.

The draft aim of DBNet is to provide near real-time access to near-global data from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, in order to meet in a cost-efficient manner the timeliness requirements of regional and global Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and other applications.

When satellites have a Direct Broadcast capability, which is the case of most LEO meteorological satellites, an alternative data access route is the acquisition of the Direct Broadcast data stream at a local ground station, which allows real-time acquisition, albeit with coverage limited to the portion of orbit within the area of visibility of the local station.

The Direct Broadcast Network for Near Real-Time Relay of LEO satellite data (DBNet) overcomes this limitation in offering a cost-efficient trade-off between coverage and timeliness. It coordinates data acquisition through a globally distributed network of local Direct Broadcast receiving stations, their processing in accordance with agreed standards, and their rapid delivery to the global user community through appropriate telecommunication systems.

Source: Guide to the Direct Broadcast Network, WMO