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Dartcom software now fully optimised for Windows 10

Posted in Software Upgrades July 4th at 3:17 pm by Chris Wright

Dartcom iDAP/MacroPro software

Dartcom Polar Orbiter Ingester software

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.

Details of the upgraded software will be available in the Products section of this website in due course. In the mean time please contact us for more details on software upgrades or support agreements.


GOES HRIT System for CMS Lannion

Posted in Installed Systems June 26th 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.


Dartcom successfully tests new GOES HRIT System

Posted in New Products June 18th at 2:33 pm by Chris Wright

GOES-16

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.


1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT/LRIT System for Peruvian Polar Research Ship

Posted in Installed Systems January 25th at 4:16 pm by Chris Wright

Dartcom 1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT/LRIT System installed on BAP Carrasco

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


C-Band HimawariCast HRIT System for Vietnam Air Traffic Control

Posted in Installed Systems January 10th 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


1.5m Marine antenna option for HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS Systems

Posted in New Products November 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Chris Wright

Dartcom 1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS antenna

Dartcom has launched a 1.5m Marine antenna option for the HRPT/AHRPT and X-Band EOS 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 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.

Features of the Dartcom 1.5m Marine HRPT/AHRPT System include:

  • Automatic reception, archiving and processing of data from NOAA HRPT and Metop AHRPT.
  • Optional FengYun-3A/B/C reception (L-Band only).
  • Optional DMSP reception.
  • Optional geostationary LRIT reception from COMS-1, MSG, and LRIT/HRIT from GOES East/West.
  • Radome enclosed antenna to allow normal operation at wind speeds up to 185km/h.
  • Proven, robust, reliable hardware and software, with installations all over the world in all climates, temperatures and environments.
  • Modular construction for ease of maintenance and future upgrade.
  • Hardware and software diagnostics at all levels for ease of maintenance.
  • Automatic daily prediction data update from the internet ensures accurate tracking of all satellites.
  • Antenna, antenna positioner (X/Y type) and radome are all X-Band ready, enabling a cost-effective upgrade path.

Features of the Dartcom 1.5m Marine X-Band EOS System include:

  • Reception of data from X-Band Earth Observation Satellites including Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP and FengYun-3A/B/C (FY-3).
  • Complete end-to-end solution with automatic data processing to level 0, 1 and 2 (currently level 0 and 1 only for FY-3).
  • Radome enclosed antenna to allow normal operation at wind speeds up to 185km/h.
  • State-of-the-art RF system components, allowing good data reception from 15° satellite elevation. In practice good quality data can be received from Terra and Suomi-NPP at 7° satellite elevation and from Aqua and FY-3 at 5° satellite elevation.
  • Modular construction for ease of maintenance and future upgrade.
  • Option to add L-Band HRPT/AHRPT reception.
  • Option to add L-Band geostationary LRIT reception.
  • Hardware and software diagnostics at all levels for ease of maintenance.
  • Automatic daily prediction data update from the internet ensures accurate tracking of all satellites.

More information on the Dartcom HRPT/AHRPT System

More information on the Dartcom X-Band EOS System


COMS-1 L-Band HRIT Systems for the Vietnamese Navy

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.

More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System


X-Band EOS and L-Band HRPT/AHRPT Systems for FUNCATE/INPE, Brazil

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.


C-Band HimawariCast HRIT System for National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Indonesia

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.

More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System


C-Band HimawariCast HRIT System for Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam

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.

More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System


1.2m L-Band HRPT/AHRPT System for Sri Venkateswara University, India

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.

More information on the Dartcom HRPT/AHRPT System


1.3m L-Band HRPT/AHRPT/LRIT Marine System for Japanese tanker

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.

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Dartcom launches HimawariCast LRIT/HRIT System

Posted in New Products 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
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 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.

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EUMETCast C-Band LRIT/HRIT System for Uganda

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.

More information on the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System


1.5m X/L-Band EOS System for Kasetsart University, Thailand

Posted in Installed Systems April 6th, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Chris Wright

Dartcom X/L-Band EOS System antenna

Dartcom X/L-Band EOS System at Kasetsart University, Thailand

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

 

Dartcom launches affordable X-Band EOS System for Terra, Aqua, Suomi-NPP and FY-3

Posted in New Products August 28th, 2014 at 9:10 am by Chris Wright

Dartcom X-Band EOS System at the University of Valladolid, Spain

Dartcom X-Band EOS System antenna

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.”

More information on the Dartcom X-Band EOS System