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dsig 5000tu tactical satellite image groundstation

DSIG-5000TUTactical Satellite Image Groundstation

Produced by

Northern Video Graphics

&

Quorum Communications

presentation contents
Presentation Contents
  • Company Info
  • DSIG-5000TU

Current Users

Fielded Capabilities

Hardware

Software

  • Future Possibilities

Edited and Presented by Russ Green, co-founder Northern Video Graphics

northern video graphics inc
Northern Video Graphics, Inc.

Equipment and Software for Meteorologists

Since 1981

www.nvgweather.com

northern video graphics
Northern Video Graphics
  • Founded in 1981, by:
    • Three Physicists from the University of Minnesota
  • Original product:
    • Video Facsimile Display Unit (for weather fax)
  • Products evolved over the years:
    • From: Stand-Alone Acquisition and Display Units
    • To: Adapter Boards and Software for PCs
    • To: Software for Third Party Hardware (Quorum)
  • Customers:
  • Meteorologists: Educational, Private, Gov’t, Military
    • Other Vendors: Quorum, IPS, Marta, Sonalysts, etc.
quorum communications1
Quorum Communications

Quorum was founded in 1988 by a small group who saw a need to provide cost effective high quality solutions in the satellite remote sensing field. Since that time, Quorum has grown to provide research centers, universities, and governments worldwide with the necessary equipment to receive and process satellite data.

dsig 5000tu
DSIG-5000TU
  • Joint Development by Quorum and NVG
  • Spurred mostly by inquiries from military users as an
  • upgrade to older deployable weather fax systems
  • Currently over 50 systems fielded
    • Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
    • based at Hurlburt Field, FL
    • Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
    • based at Fort Bragg, NC
  • Deployed around the world
dsig 5000tu capabilities
DSIG-5000TU Capabilities

Worldwide data reception from Geostationary Satellites

High rate and Low rate data streams supported

Currently Eight Satellites on line

GOES West, East, Atlantic GVAR and LRIT data

Operated by USA-NOAA, over North and South America

METEOSAT Second Generation (MSG) LRIT data

Operated by Eumetsat, over Europe, Africa

METEOSATPDUS/HRI data

Operated by Eumetsat, over Mideast, India, Indian Ocean

FY-2C,DSVISSR data

Operated by China Met Agency, over China, SE Asia

MTSATHRIT and LRIT data

Operated by Japan Met Agency, over Japan, China, Australia

goes west 135 w
GOES WEST (135º W)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

goes east 75 w
GOES EAST (75º W)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

goes atlantic 60 w
GOES Atlantic (60º W)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

msg 0
MSG ( 0º )

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

meteosat 7 57 e
Meteosat 7 (57º E)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

fy 2d 86 e
FY-2D (86º E)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

fy 2c 105 e
FY-2C (105º E)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

mtsat 140 e
MTSAT (140º E)

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

goes lrit emwin
GOES LRIT - EMWIN

GOES WEST

GOES EAST

GOES Atlantic

MSG

METEOSAT 7

FY-2D

FY-2C

MTSAT

the hardware
The Hardware

Fits in 2 Hard Cases, < 300 pounds total

  • Tactical 2.3 meter Dish Antenna
  • Tactical USB Receiver
  • Rugged Laptop Computer
  • Decryption Keys (for Eumetsat Satellites)
tactical dish antenna
Tactical Dish Antenna
  • Features:
  • 2.3 meter (7.5 ft.) mesh dish
  • 10.5 dB typical G/T at 1691MHz
  • Integrated cavity dipole feed/downconverter
  • Integrated signal strength meter
  • Leveling adapter (for up to 20º tilt)
  • Single tool (allen driver) required for setup
  • Elevation over azimuth configuration
  • 6 petal reflector of heavy tubing and heavy mesh
  • Mount components hard black anodized
  • Antenna petals powder coated
  • Total antenna and tripod weight 45Kg (100 lbs)
  • Easy Setup, 15 minutes, 2 men

Hardware

Antenna

Receiver

Computer

Decryption

More Info: Link to PDF file

tactical usb receiver
Tactical USB Receiver
  • Features:
  • QPSK, BPSK, PSK demodulation
  • Built in Viterbi decoding
  • Selectable RF inputs and IF bandwidths
  • -90 dBm to -50 dBm input range
  • USB 2.0 Interface for control and data transfer
  • Vacuum fluorescent display
  • Supports all current geo weather satellites
  • Optional support for polar satellites
  • Small size: 7¼ x 3½ x 12 inches
  • As fielded, configured for:
  • GOES GVAR & LRIT, MSG HRIT¹ & LRIT,
  • Meteosat PDUS, FY-2 SVISSR & LRIT¹,
  • MTSAT HRIT, LRIT & HiRID¹
  • (¹ not currently available from satellites as specified)

Hardware

Antenna

Receiver

Computer

Decryption

More Info: Link to PDF file

semi rugged portable computer
Semi Rugged Portable Computer
  • As fielded: Panasonic Toughbook CF-51
  • Magnesium alloy frame
  • 15 inch, 1600 x 1200 video screen
  • 1700 MHz CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 60 GB Hard drive
  • Integrated wireless networking
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Available:Panasonic Toughbook CF-52
  • faster CPU
  • more RAM
  • more disk space
  • up to 1920 x 1200 video screen

Hardware

Antenna

Receiver

Computer

Decryption

portable computer option
Portable Computer Option
  • Panasonic Toughbook CF-30
  • Designed using MIL-STD-810F
  • Full magnesium alloy case w/handle
  • Moisture-, dust-resistant LCD and keyboard
  • Sealed port and connector covers
  • Vibration-, shock- and drop-resistant
  • Daylight-readable 13.3” display
  • 1024x768, with touch screen option
  • Replaceable film touch screen protector
  • Shock-mounted, removable hard drive
  • Mobile broadband- and GPS-ready design
  • 8.4 lbs.

Hardware

Antenna

Receiver

Computer

Decryption

decryption key units
Decryption Key Units
  • MKU (old style, for Meteosat PDUS)
  • 1” x 3” x 6.5”, 20 oz.
  • Fits and connects inside Tactical Receiver
  • Must be purchased / licensed from Eumetsat
  • SKU (new style, for MSG LRIT)
  • 1.7”x 4.9” x 8.2”, 28 oz.
  • Cable interface to Tactical Receiver, or
  • Cable interface to Serial Port via adapter
  • Power Cord to wall socket
  • Must be purchased / licensed from Eumetsat

Hardware

Antenna

Receiver

Computer

Decryption

the software
The Software

Two Main Applications

DSIG Ingest Software MEGAVIEW Display Software

dsig ingest software
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Runs on Windows platform
  • Works with USB receiver or Drive-Bay receiver
  • Captures imagery directly from data streams:
  • GOES GVAR and LRIT (including EMWIN)
  • MSG LRIT (including decryption)
  • METEOSAT PDUS/HRI (including decryption)
  • FY-2 SVISSR and LRIT (when compatible)
  • MTSAT HRIT and LRIT
  • Assembles imagery from:
  • XRIT (HRIT, LRIT) files from Eumetcast
  • Saves full image files, and/or
  • Cuts sectors on-the-fly via user definitions

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software1
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Startup Screen
  • Start automatically with last settings
  • Start with saved initialization file
  • for different satellite or data format
  • Start idled, to await manual setup

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software2
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Setup Tab Page
  • Set receiver type
  • Set parameters for receiver
  • USB receiver has no parameters
  • View start-up progress and status
  • Save current settings for future use

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software3
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Ingest Tab Page
  • Left Side shows receiving status
  • Right side allows setting of receiver :
    • Choice of two RF inputs, frequency and other parameters

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

  • Set all parameters at once with
    • dropdown list of Presets
dsig ingest software4
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Files Tab Page
  • Choose method of file housekeeping
  • Choose format for file names
  • Choose time for file name
  • Choose overwrite or save dup files
  • Insert characters into file name
  • as indicator for post processing

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software5
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Raw Tab Page
  • Make settings to capture raw data
  • for future training
  • or trouble-shooting

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software6
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Sectors Tab Page
  • Set directory for saving all sectors
  • Specify the Sector Definition File
  • (default or user defined/edited)

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

  • Open window to show sector status
dsig ingest software7
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Info Tab Page (GVAR, PDUS, SVSR)
  • View status and info for reception

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software8
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Info Tab Page (LRIT, HRIT)
  • View reception statistics

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

  • Open a Sector File Status window
  • Open a Product File Status window
dsig ingest software9
DSIG Ingest Software
  • View Tab Page
  • View status of reception graphically

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software10
DSIG Ingest Software
  • History Tab Page
  • View history of reception
  • Choose verbose reporting
  • Copy history to clipboard for help
  • Open full log file for trouble-shooting

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software11
DSIG Ingest Software
  • XRIT Tab Page (has 9 sub-pages)
  • For HRIT or LRIT reception
  • Set parameters each type of file
  • Sector Files (example sub-page)
    • Enable/disable saving
    • Set directory
    • Set max. no. of files to keep
    • Set Sector Definition File to use

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software12
DSIG Ingest Software
  • XRIT Tab Page (has 9 sub-pages)
  • For HRIT or LRIT reception
  • Set parameters each type of file
  • EMWIN Files (example sub-page)
    • GOES LRIT only
    • Enable/disable saving
    • Set directories
    • Set max. no. of files to keep
    • Enable output for old EMWIN use

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software13
DSIG Ingest Software
  • Met Tab Page
  • For Meteosat specific functions
  • Set type of Key Unit
  • Verify Key Unit presence
  • Verify reception of decryption keys
  • View status of decryption
  • Set parameter overrides

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

dsig ingest software14
DSIG Ingest Software

Two page Quick-Start Guides for each satellite/format

Can be laminated back to back for field use

dsig ingest software15
DSIG Ingest Software

Two page Quick-Start Scan/Sector Guides for each satellite/format

Can be laminated back to back for field use

megaview display software
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Easy-to-Use

for the casual user

Flexible and Powerful

for the more serious user

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

megaview display software1
MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • Features
  • Runs on Windows platform
  • Easy thumbnail- or icon-based image selection
  • Quick-button toolbar to control window visibility
  • Easy, flexible image color enhancement
  • Easy, flexible image window sizing and placement
  • Easy, flexible image zooming and panning
  • Easy, flexible image looping
  • Easy, flexible map, grid and lat-lon point overlays
  • Image windows can be linked – in time and location

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

megaview display software2
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

The following slides are an attempt to

simulate the start up and operation of

Megaview

megaview display software3
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Hide Image Window by clicking on Quick Button

Click Options for Menu

Click Add Window to Select a Sector Image

Control Image Windows with Floating or Docked Quick-Button Toolbar

On the Sector Select Panel Click on a Sector Icon

Say, GE_USI2

Megaview starts with an option to load Last Settings, or Other Settings from a saved Initialization File

An Image Window appears

megaview display software4
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Show Image Window by clicking on dimmed Quick Button

For each Sector

Set Calibration File

Set Color File

Set Map File

Set Map appearance

Set Grid appearance

Change the look of

an image with the

Sector Display Database

(from Settings Menu)

megaview display software5
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Make complex Map Files

with Labeled Points at particular latitude and longitude coordinates

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MEGAVIEW Display Software

Map Color changed

Grid added

Complex Map File used

with Data Buoy points

megaview display software7
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Launch a new window

Synchronized in time and location

(from Files menu)

Also,

Use Display Database to

Customize Icons for Quick Buttons and Sector Select window

megaview display software8
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Adjust colors interactively and save/load Color Files (from Color menu)

Choose quadrants for each window successively

say, Q1, Q2

Right click in image to bring up a dialog box for Size, Placement, etc.

megaview display software9
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Open more linked windows

If desired, place them in other quadrants

Linked windows can be

zoomed and panned together

megaview display software10
MEGAVIEW Display Software

Linked windows can be looped synchronously and zoomed and panned while looping

megaview display software11
MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • Many window styles available
  • In addition to those shown, you can
  • Subtract toolbar
  • Subtract menus
  • Subtract borders (for totally naked window)
  • Add Temperature/Color scale
  • Add Date/Time panel
  • Add Manual Image Navigation toolbar
  • Add Pixel Readout panel
  • Change background color

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

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MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • More important features (manual tools, etc.)
  • Easy manual image navigation
  • Easy line healing of bad image scan lines
  • Histograms with gray scale stretching
  • Cursor readout of pixel values, temperatures, lat-lon
  • Flexible Printingdirectly from program
  • Flexible Image Export to the following formats
  • JPEG, TIF, PNG, NVG (our own)
  • Lat-lonGeoTif
  • Lat-lon PNG with KML (for Google Earth)

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

megaview display software13
MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • Another important feature (manual tools, etc.)
  • Interactive Sector Definition for DSIG Ingest Program

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

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MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • More important features (automatic tools)
  • AutoSave feature
  • exports images automatically as they are acquired
  • AutoCycle feature
  • successively brings each window to the front
  • for a user specified time
  • windows can be full screen, and looping

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

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MEGAVIEW Display Software
  • Feature Example
  • Internet “Standard” matched by User built Color File

Software

DSIG

MEGAVIEW

CIRA.colostate.edu (NOAA)

Megaview User Built (easily)

other software
Other Software
  • Geo-Aim Program
  • For help with aiming dish antenna
  • Enter: Satellite Location & Groundstation Lat-Lon
  • Read Out: Azimuth & Elevation for antenna
  • AutoFTP Program
  • Looks for images to be acquired
  • Pushes them via FTP to user defined location
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Cost
  • As delivered to AFSOC (>10 units)
  • Included all hardware described, except MKU or SKU
  • Included all software except Eumetcast interface
  • Included 1 year hardware warranty
  • Included 4 years free software support and updates
  • Cost: $32K - $35K each
  • To Retrofit Current Systems
  • Use some current hardware
  • Add new hardware and software
  • Cost: TBD
future possibilities
Future Possibilities

Direct Eumetcast Reception

Requires development of C-Band Feed (Quorum)

Requires addition of “Tiny PC” computer

Smaller, Lighter LRIT-Only System

Requires development of small tactical dish (Quorum)

Polar Orbit Capability

Requires portable tracking antenna (Quorum)

Requires updates to DSIG and Megaview (NVG)

further information
Further Information

Russ Green, Northern Video Graphics

[email protected]

651-698-2187

Allan Bundens, Quorum Communications

[email protected]

972-915-0256

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