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Acquisition, processing and display systems for HRPT, CHRPT, SeaWiFS, AHRPT and DMSP data from NOAA, Feng Yun, SeaStar, Metop and S-Band DMSP satellites

The Dartcom L-Band Polar Orbiter systems receive, archive, process and display HRPT, CHRPT, SeaWiFS*, AHRPT and DMSP data from NOAA, Feng Yun, SeaStar, Metop and S-Band DMSP polar-orbiting satellites.


->Sample images

->Antenna options

->Receiver rack

->Dartcom Polar Orbiter Ingester software

->Dartcom iDAP/MacroPro software

HRPT image of Antarctica

NOAA HRPT image (bands 1, 2 and 4) showing Halley Base and surrounding area in Antarctica

CHRPT image of Europe

Feng Yun CHRPT image (bands 1, 2 and 7) of Europe, transformed to fit a Mercator projection

The satellite data is transmitted in real-time and provides a spatial resolution of 1.1km in up to ten spectral bands, from visible to infra-red. Atmospheric and environmental data such as AMSU, SEM, TOVS and DCS (Argos) is also available from NOAA and Metop satellites.

A wide range of antenna options is available to suit land-based and marine applications, from a 1.8m parabolic dish and rotator to a 1.3m active-stabilised antenna enclosed in a radome.

Between passes LRIT reception from MSG direct broadcast, GOES and MTSAT is also possible with an optional rack module and software. An additional antenna can also be supplied if continuous LRIT reception is required.

All systems can be upgraded in the future to receive LRD data from NPOESS (when available).

Host computer

The exact specifications of the host computer can be tailored according to your requirements. Suggested specifications are:

  • Desktop or notebook PC with dual-core processor and 2GB RAM.
  • PCI Express graphics with 256MB RAM.
  • 19" TFT display (15" for notebooks).
  • 80GB+250GB hard disk drives (single 160GB for notebooks).
  • DVD±RW drive.
  • 10/100Mbit Ethernet for data output and remote archiving.
  • Windows XP Professional or Vista.

* SeaWiFS data from SeaStar is encrypted and requires a decryption licence from GeoEye – click here for details.