Posted in Installed Systems 11:04 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom X-Band EOS and HRPT/AHRPT Systemsinstalled at INPE’s Cuiba site
In 2017 Dartcom installed X-Band EOS and HRPT/AHRPT Systems at two sites in Brazil for INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – National Centre for Space Research).
The data produced by these systems has helped INPE detect a huge increase in Amazon wildfires this year, making news worldwide.
Read the full story on Reuters
Posted in Software Upgrades yesterday at 4:31 pm by Chris Wright
The Dartcom XRIT Ingester and iDAP/MacroPro software now fully supports LRIT and HRIT services from the new GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A) satellite. This was recently deployed by the Korea Meteorological Administration to replace COMS-1.
Existing COMS-1 LRIT/HRIT users will need to download software updates, and some users will also need receiver firmware updates depending on which receiver was supplied.
We will be pleased to supply quotations to users of other systems that do not currently support GK-2A, and who need to receive the new GK-2A LRIT/HRIT services to maintain continuity of service.
Please contact us for more details.
Posted in Software Upgrades July 31st at 10:54 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom is pleased to announce major new upgrades to all of its software. The updates are available on our Downloads page and are free if your Dartcom system is within its initial warranty cover or you have a current maintenance agreement.
Highlights of the new software are as follows:
Full details of all the software features will shortly be available in the Products section of the website.
Posted in New Products April 20th, 2018 at 10:29 am by Chris Wright
The Dartcom X-Band EOS System now supports the recently commissioned JPSS-1 (NOAA 20) satellite in addition to Terra, Aqua, Suomi NPP and FengYun-3A/B/C.
A software update is required for the Polar Orbiter Ingester software to receive data from JPSS-1, but no hardware or firmware changes are required.
To process JPSS-1 data, an update is also required to the NASA DRL IPOPP software.
Posted in Software Upgrades July 4th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has now completed software upgrades and optimisations to support Windows 10. This includes a new purpose-built animation system developed by Dartcom specifically for weather satellite imagery, and which replaces the end-of-life QuickTime for Windows.
The software upgrade is free for Dartcom customers who are within their 2 year warranty period, or who have an active support agreement. Other customers can request a quotation.
Further significant software enhancements are planned over the coming months. To receive those free of charge Dartcom suggests that customers set up a support agreement if they do not already have one.
Please contact us for more details or to enquire about setting up a support agreement.
Posted in Installed Systems June 26th, 2017 at 10:54 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom’s French distributor ACTRIS has been awarded the contract to supply and install a GOES HRIT System at CMS Lannion for Météo France.
This will support the forthcoming HRIT service from GOES-16 which is due to start in November 2017.
Posted in New Products June 18th, 2017 at 2:33 pm by Chris Wright
During test transmissions from GOES-16 (also known as GOES-R) Dartcom completed satisfactory testing of the hardware and software for its new GOES HRIT system.
The full GOES-16 HRIT service is scheduled to begin in November 2017 when it will be moved to replace GOES-13 as the new GOES East satellite.
Full details of the new GOES HRIT System will be available in the Products section of this website in due course.
Posted in Installed Systems January 25th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied and installed a 1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT/LRIT System on the Peruvian Navy’s research ship BAP Carrasco, described as one of the world’s most advanced polar oceanographic research vessels.
Her operating profile will range from hydrographic, biological, geological and physiochemical surveys to providing support with humanitarian operations.
The vessel is equipped with a meteorological office, six laboratories for different research purposes, a helicopter pad and a bathymetry transducer system fitted on the flat bottom of the hull.
The 1.5m marine antenna is also available with the Dartcom X-Band EOS System, with a combined X/L-Band option to provide HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS reception in one system.
More information on the Dartcom HRPT/AHRPT System
More information on the Dartcom X-Band EOS System
Posted in Installed Systems January 10th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied a fully duplicated C-Band HimawariCast HRIT system for Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM). They provide air navigation services for aircraft operating at airports nationwide and over Vietnam’s Flight Information Region.
More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System
Posted in New Products November 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom has launched a 1.5m marine antenna option for the X-Band EOS and HRPT/AHRPT Systems.
It uses the X/Y stabilised platform from Dartcom’s proven 1.3m marine antenna, installed on numerous vessels worldwide, including all of the British Antarctic Survey’s research ships. The 1.5m dish, RF components and low-loss composite radome are from Dartcom’s land-based X-Band EOS antenna, the first of which was installed in April 2014 at LATUV, Spain, and has been proven as exceptionally capable and reliable.
The 1.5m marine antenna has been designed to provide an easy and cost-effective future upgrade path to receive the next generation of earth observation satellites as well as the current Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP, JPSS-1 and FY-3 A/B/C X-Band direct broadcast downlinks. It means L-Band HRPT/AHRPT systems can be upgraded to receive X-Band EOS data at a later date.
Posted in Installed Systems November 21st, 2016 at 9:05 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied two COMS-1 L-Band HRIT Systems to the Meteorological Forecasting Department of the Vietnamese Navy.
Posted in Installed Systems September 4th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom has been awarded the contract to supply and install two 1.5m L-Band HRPT/AHRPT/FY-3 and two 1.5m X-Band Terra/Aqua/NPP/FY-3 EOS Systems to the Foundation for Science, Technology and Space Applications (FUNCATE) and the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brazil.
The systems will be used for monitoring the environment in the Amazon Biome by Satellites (MAS) project.
Installation will be taking place at the sites in Cuiabá and Cachoeira Paulista during July 2017.
Posted in Installed Systems July 29th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied a C-Band HimawariCast HRIT System to the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in Indonesia.
LAPAN use the system to provide near real-time images for the Indonesian National Disaster Agency.
Posted in Installed Systems June 3rd, 2016 at 2:23 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied a C-Band HimawariCast HRIT System to the Meteorological Forecasting Department at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam.
Posted in Installed Systems February 11th, 2016 at 1:14 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied a 1.2m L-Band HRPT/AHRPT System to the College of Engineering at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India.
The system was expertly installed and commissioned by Dartom’s premier distributor Satcom Technologies who are based in Hyderabad.
Posted in Installed Systems July 16th, 2015 at 2:04 pm by Chris Wright
Dartcom has supplied a 1.3m Marine HRPT/AHRPT/LRIT system to be used for weather routing on a new 138,000 ton Liquefied Natural Gas tanker being built in Nagasaki, Japan.
Posted in New Products June 12th, 2015 at 11:50 am by Chris Wright
Super Typhoon Maysak on March 31st, 2015, extractedfrom a 10.4µm infra-red Himawari-8 image receivedby the Dartcom HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System
Dartcom is pleased to announce the availability of its HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System to provide reception of LRIT and HRIT data from the HimawariCast service. The first system was installed and commissioned at the Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan.
HimawariCast is a C-Band DVB service operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) disseminating data from the Himawari-8/9 satellites. It is a replacement for the L-Band direct broadcast MTSAT LRIT and HRIT services which terminated in November 2015 due to the MTSAT-1R satellite reaching the end of its operational life.
Posted in Installed Systems May 23rd, 2015 at 2:02 pm by Chris Wright
A Dartcom EUMETCast C-Band LRIT/HRIT System was installed at the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC) in Uganda.
The system helps provide timely and early warning information on disasters, climate modelling and forecasting, and also assists with coordination of emergency responses.
Posted in Installed Systems April 6th, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Chris Wright
A Dartcom 1.5m X/L-Band EOS System has been supplied to the Faculty of Engineering at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand and installed at Chulabhorn Satellite Receiving Station (CSRS).
The system receives and processes data from Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP and FY-3A/B/C satellites. CSRS provides generated satellite products for research and government agencies in areas such as flood and drought monitoring, forest fire monitoring and agricultural management.
More information on the Dartcom X/L-Band EOS System
Posted in New Products August 28th, 2014 at 9:10 am by Chris Wright
Dartcom is pleased to announced the availability of its new X-Band EOS System, a low cost, compact solution for receiving and processing direct broadcast data from X-Band earth observation satellites, including Terra and Aqua (MODIS), Suomi-NPP and FengYun-3 (FY-3).
The system is aimed at universities, research institutions and other organisations with limited budgets and restricted installation sites. However Dartcom has not sacrificed performance and features, as Chief Electronics Engineer Dave Wright explained. “We use a 1.5m radome enclosed antenna with carefully chosen RF components, tight tolerances and our own tracking and ingest software. Extensive testing proves that good data reception is possible from 5 degrees elevation and the antenna operates normally in wind speeds up to 185km/h”.
The Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Valladolid, Spain (LATUV) is one of the first customers to benefit from a Dartcom X-Band EOS System. LATUV’s Director and Professor of Applied Physics José-Luis Casanova Roque said that since installation of the system in April 2014, “it has never lost an image or presented any kind of problem even during times of intense rain or strong winds. This is excellent equipment and displays an unexpected level of operation and extraordinary performance for a system of this size.”
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