Products & Projects
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Hardware & software complex for satellite monitoring

Developed with the grant support of the Innovation Promotion Fund
Educational laboratory complex for satellite monitoing "LoReTT" is designed to receive, demodulate, decode, record and process digital information, transmitted from spacecrafts in low Earth orbits via X-band radio channels with the range of demodulation speeds 0.2-100 Msps (with option up to 350 Msps).
The Complex provides a stable signal reception from the Terra, Aqua, Suomi NPP, JPSS satellites (in Direct Broadcast mode), and also from FengYun-3A/3B/3C, EROS B, Kanopus-V, and many others.
The Complex provides automatic data recoring on computer disk and receiving images from satellites in radius about 200 km from a point of Complex location.
"LoReTT" Сomplex can be introduced into educational and innovative projects in three directions:
  • complex-constructor for engineering education;
  • complex as a basis for an interdisciplinary project laboratory, basic tool for providing access to very high spatial resolution data in real time;
  • complex as a tool for developing services and / or mobile applications. It can function for centers of collective use or through domestic and international hackathons.
Milk Thistle
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X-band Ground Station for Remote Sensing of the Earth

Professional receiving station "Milk Thistle" is designed to receive and process digital information transmitted from Earth observation satellites located in low Earth orbits (LEO) via radio channels in the X-frequency range (7.8-8.4 GHz) in the signal rate range 0.1-100 Mbaud (option 0.2– 350 Mbaud).
The station provides stable reception of signals in the entire upper hemisphere (from 10 deg. elevation) without a "dead zone" in the near-zenith area from a wide range of satellites with optical and radar equipment providing images with a spatial resolution of up to 1 m and better.
The control software of the station performs a fully automated cycle of the station operation without operator participation.   
Lenticularis 

Laboratory Complex for Receiving Data from Meteo Satellites

Developed with the grant support of the Innovation Promotion Fund
Laboratory Complex for Receiving Data from Meteo Satellites "Lenticularis" is designed to receive, demodulate, decode, record and process digital information, transmitted from meteorological spacecrafts in low Earth orbits via L-band radio channels. It enbles to receive images from satellite series Meteor-M #2, NOAA, MetOp, FengYun-3.
The Complex provides receiving images from satellites in radius about 400 km from a point of Complex location and automatic data recording on computer disk.
"Lenticularis" can be implemented in educational and innovative projects in the following areas:
  • construction complex for engineering education;
  • complex as the basis of the design laboratory for the development of a number of competencies in the space industry and hydrometeorological support.
Link2Space

Engineering kit

Developed with the grant support of the Innovation Promotion Fund
It consists of components of an antenna system, an SDR receiver, a laptop, software for receiving and processing data.
Students independently assemble a kit and get a station (complex) for receiving satellite information, configure it and receive data from flying meteosatellites osuch as the Meteor-M No. 2, NOAA, MetOp, FengYun-3 via L-band radio channels in real time. Then the received images of the Earth from space are processed and analyzed.
Goals achieved when using the kit in the educational process:
  • Creating a lively interest of students in scientific and technological activities;
  • Attracting young people to the Russian space industry in terms of remote sensing of the Earth, which is one of the fundamental;
  • Formation of children's interest in solving adult problems related to ecology and meteorology;
  • Teaching children to work in a team, the ability to defend their interests and achieve their goals;
  • Teaching children to work with new materials and equipment, work with electronics and learn the basics of programming.
As a result of the work, the task is solved on its own to assemble and configure an engineering kit, get a workable satellite image reception station, take an image from weather satellites to an antenna assembled on its own.
Copter4Space
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Engineering kit

It consists of a COEX Clover 4 Code copter building kit, radio electronic units and all necessary components for installing an irradiator for receiving satellite images on a quadrocopter, a parabolic mirror with a marked airfield, a laptop, software for receiving and processing data.
Students independently assemble a drone, install an irradiator with the necessary radio engineering elements, assemble and adjust the airfield and reflector, configure it and receive space images of the Earth from flying meteosatellites such as Meteor-M No. 2, NOAA, MetOp, FengYun-3 on radio channels of the L-frequency range in real time with the possibility of their subsequent thematic processing and use in a wide range of scientific and practical tasks.
The building kit can be included in the infrastructure that provides project activities and programs of basic and additional education.
­­­­LEX

Construction-kit

Designed for assembling a turnstile antenna for receiving and processing data from meteosatellites Meteor-M No. 2, NOAA on VHF radio channels (137 MHz). It consists of the antenna itself and a tripod.
The turnstile antenna (from the French tourniquet — turnstile, rotating crosspiece) is formed by horizontal symmetrical half-wave vibrators crossed in pairs at right angles, mounted on a common vertical mast.
The goals achieved by using the kit in the educational process:
  • creating a lively interest of students in scientific and technological activities;
  • attracting young people to the Russian space industry in terms of remote sensing of the Earth, which is one of the fundamental;
  • formation of children's interest in solving adult problems related to ecology and meteorology;
  • teaching children to work in a team, the ability to defend their interests and achieve their goals;
  • teaching children to work with new materials and equipment, work with electronics and learn the basics of programming.
Task:
Assemble the turnstile antenna yourself, get real-time images from weather satellites, process images in order to view and analyze them.
The data collected by the assembled kit may be used:
  • geography lessons to secure sections "Continents, oceans, peoples and countries," "Geography", "Regional geography";
  • in science lessons while studying the "Vector and raster graphics", "Cataloging files", "software Application", "data Processing";
  • in physics lessons to study the Optics section, as well as as additional extracurricular activities. Conducting classes is possible both in a group and in an individual mode.
Planar space information reception station for mobile platforms
Developing with the grant support of the Innovation Promotion Fund
The planar station for receiving space information for mobile platforms is designed to receive and process digital information transmitted from meteorological satellites such as the Meteor-M No. 2, NOAA, MetOp, FengYun-3 via L-band radio channels.
To receive radio signals from artificial Earth satellites (ISS), an antenna is used, which is a flat phased array. The station allows you to receive information from the satellite both in a stationary state and during the movement of a mobile platform (ships, railway platforms, cars, etc.). The hardware and software system of roll compensation and dynamic orientation to the cardinal points allows you not to use the traditional gyro platform in such cases.
The control software of the station performs a fully automated cycle of its operation without operator intervention.
Educational projects
You can get acquainted with the list of materials on remote sensing recommended for study in the TRAINING section.
MODIS Real Time
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Providing meteorological data on cloudiness through the MODIS/Terra and Aqua data service in real time

"LoReTT" LLC provides users with initial data of space imagery and information products, obtained from MODIS radiometer data (Terra and Aqua spacecrafts), using standard algorithms for coordinated areas of interest:
  • cloud mask (MOD35); 
  • data on the temperature of the upper edge of the cloud cover (MOD06CT).
"LoReT" LLC provides access to online data in 24/7 mode by an agreed login and password using the FTP protocol. Information is provided to users in HDF4 file format. The contents of the fields, their encoding and formatting within the HDF are described in the NASA documentation for respective products. "LoReTT" LLC provides users with a description of the format of the products. Approbation of the method and verification of the results were carried out jointly with the Institute of Radar Meteorology (IRAM), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Software

MeteoLenta®

A software package for processing satellite digital meteorological information on the topics of hydrometeorological monitoring and environmental monitoring.