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Print and image export window
Print and image export window

Data profiles along a user-defined line on an image and read-outs at cursor position
Data profiles along a user-defined line on an image and read-outs at cursor position

Animation window and pop-up tools
Animation window and pop-up animation tools panel

DEM masked snow index product with key and formula palette window set up for NSDI
DEM masked snow index product with key and formula palette window set up for NSDI

Feature overlays manager
Feature overlays manager

Blue Marble masked image with slicing and tinting
Blue Marble masked image with tinting and cloud slicing

Enhanced and sharpened image showing icebergs
Enhanced and sharpened image showing icebergs

General features

  • Opens, displays, processes, prints and exports HRPT, AHRPT, DMSP, LRIT, HRIT and GVAR data.
  • Multiple image, chart and animation windows.
  • Fully networkable, with network licences available.

Input and output

  • iImporting, sub-sampling and exporting of HRPT, AHRPT and DMSP images (see Polar Orbiter Features).
  • Automatic updating of open files with new data received by ingest systems or produced by MacroPro.
  • Printing of user-defined areas of images and charts, with station marker, maps and grids, feature overlays and range rings.
  • Exporting of raw data to PCI Geomatica, ERDAS IMAGINE, ENVI/IDL and GeoTIFF formats, transformed to standard map projections, with solar zenith and azimuth angles for each pixel.
  • Exporting of user-defined areas of images and charts to BMP, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats, with station marker, maps and grids, feature overlays and range rings.
  • Exporting of data (pixel, raw and calibrated values, latitudes, longitudes, solar and nadir angles, and formula values) from user-defined areas of images in textual or binary formats.
  • Exporting of data to Cinesat, SATAID, Autosat and GRIB formats.

Automatic processing (MacroPro)

  • Setup of macros to perform automatic processing on images each time new data is received by their associated ingest systems.
  • Automatic enhancement, Blue Marble masking, DEM masking, exporting, printing, archiving, reprojection and product creation.
  • Automatic animation with sub-sampling, adjustable maximum frames and overlaying of maps, grids and features if required.
  • Macros can be grouped into sets for different jobs.

Image viewing and manipulation

  • Floatable read-outs panel displaying station position, distance and bearing, image parameters, cursor position, solar angles, raw and calibrated pixel values, and formula palette value.
  • Magnification and reduction mode, allowing quick zoom-in and zoom-out centred on a point of interest on an image.
  • Cursor mode allowing a draggable persistent cursor to be placed on a point of interest on an image and read-outs obtained.
  • Distance, bearing and profile mode, allowing a line to be drawn on an image and the distance, bearing and raw, calibrated and formula value profiles along the line to be viewed.
  • One-click viewing of multi-plane images as individual greyscale planes or as a colour composite.

Animations

  • High-quality animations with adjustable speed, looping, selection of range of frames to play and removal of unwanted frames.
  • Acquisition time shown on frames, with configurable appearance.
  • Time-synchronised playback of multiple animations.

Products and classifications

  • Creation of numerical products and textual classifications from user-defined formulæ, such as brightness temperature, SST (sea surface temperature), NDVI (vegetation index), NDSI (snow index), cloud height and cloud temperature.
  • Configurable palette size, start, step, decimal places and colours with graduated colour blending if required.
  • Comprehensive formula programming language.
  • Palettes and formulæ can be saved as presets.
  • Palette key displayed in a floating window.

Navigation and overlays

  • Highly accurate navigation of polar orbiter images using an optimised and improved algorithm based on the SGP4 model.
  • Map overlays and grid lines with configurable colour and style.
  • Station position marker with configurable symbol, colour, label and range rings.
  • Creation of reusable vector feature overlays such as reference points, storm tracks and vessel voyage tracks, with configurable marker symbols, line styles, colours, labels and range rings.
  • Each image can have its own specific series of feature overlays, or use a global default series.
  • Importing of data from Google Earth KML files.

Cartographic reprojection

  • Transformation of navigated images to a comprehensive range of cartographic map projections.
  • Configurable map parameters, resolution, overlays and size.
  • Parameters can be saved as presets.
  • Slicing to extract clouds, for example.
  • Application of user-defined masks to projected images to obscure unwanted areas (land in a sea surface temperature image, for example) with configurable colour.
  • Creation of mosaics composed of a number of different images.

Land and sea masking

  • Creation of Blue Marble (cloud-free high-resolution satellite image) masks allowing topology and bathymetry to be applied to dull or featureless images.
  • Creation of DEM (Digital Elevation Model) masks allowing unwanted land or sea areas to be obscured with a solid colour or graduations by height or depth.
  • Slicing to extract clouds, for example.
  • Variable opacity to allow tinting.

Image enhancement and processing

  • Data-adaptive image enhancement facilities with histograms and variable profile, brightness and contrast.
  • Enhancement settings can be saved as presets.
  • Sharpen, soften, edge enhancement and blur functions.
  • 90° and 180° rotation, and horizontal and vertical flipping.

Polar Orbiter Features

Overview  |  Polar Orbiter Features