Posted June 12th, 2015 at 11:50 am by Chris Wright
Super Typhoon Maysak on March 31st, 2015, extracted
from a 10.4µm infra-red Himawari-8 image received
by the Dartcom HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System
Dartcom is pleased to announce the availability of its new HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System to provide reception of LRIT and HRIT data from the new HimawariCast service. The first system was recently installed and commissioned at the Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan.
HimawariCast is a new C-Band DVB service operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) disseminating data from the new Himawari-8/9 satellites. It is a replacement for the L-Band direct broadcast MTSAT LRIT and HRIT services which will be terminated in November 2015 due to the MTSAT-1R satellite reaching the end of its operational life.
In the mean time HimawariCast will operate in parallel with the direct broadcast services, transmitting the MTSAT LRIT and HRIT datasets. This provides users with a period to transition smoothly between existing MTSAT direct broadcast systems and replacement HimawariCast systems.
Once the MTSAT direct broadcast services have been terminated, the HimawariCast repeat cycle time will decrease to 10 minutes for both LRIT and HRIT (currently 30 minutes for HRIT and 60 minutes for LRIT) and the number of image bands on the HRIT service will increase to 14 (currently 5).
Users with MTSAT direct broadcast systems should start replacing them now with HimawariCast systems to ensure they are ready for the transition in November. Please contact us to discuss your requirements or request a quotation.