X-Band EOS System Overview
Affordable, high performance, end-to-end solution for receiving and processing X-Band data from Terra and Aqua (MODIS), Suomi-NPP and FengYun-3 Earth Observation Satellites.
X-band EOS data is essential for accurate monitoring of global weather and climate patterns. It is also invaluable for remote sensing work, such as detecting forest fires, monitoring ocean currents and mapping land use. However, X-Band reception systems have always tended to be very expensive to purchase and maintain. They also normally require specialised installation procedures and building works.
The Dartcom X-Band EOS System changes that, bringing X-Band within reach of universities, research institutions and other organisations with limited budgets and restricted installation sites. It was developed from the outset as a lower cost X-Band system which still offers performance and features competitive with much more expensive products. Dartcom has achieved this with a smaller antenna, state-of-the-art RF components, tight tolerances and advanced software.
The system comprises the following main components:
- Outdoor equipment – parabolic dish antenna, rotator, controller, RF components, GPS antenna, optional environmental control unit or heater, all housed in a radome (except GPS antenna).
- Indoor equipment – modular receiver rack, demodulator, UPS, ingest PC, processor PC, optional visualisation PC, all rack-mountable, and can be supplied in an optional floor-standing cabinet for a complete rack-mounted system.