Terra/Aqua/Suomi-NPP earth observing satellites



Terra/Aqua are the earth observation satellites belonging to NASA
equipped with MODIS, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.


  


I modified the scale of the image Terra have taken Japan on 14 Jan 2015 using
"Smooth Modis" wrote by Les Hamilton.
  

    

    


http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/hatoyama/satellite/sendata/modis_j.html
http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/realtime.cgi
http://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/?id=dspContent&cid=14
http://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/?id=dspContent&cid=15
http://kuroshio.eorc.jaxa.jp/ADEOS/mod_nrt_new/index.html
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wxsatellite/modis.htm
http://www.restec.or.jp/satellite/terra
http://www.restec.or.jp/satellite/aqua
http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/


I think the earth image can be obtained in real time using "Simulcast Viewer"
that NASA has been open to the public.

http://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/?id=software
http://e-asia2.tuis.ac.jp/browse/HowToSimulcastV3.pdf


I installed Java 8 Update 25 (64bit), jre-8u25-windows-x64.exe in Windows8.1 64bit
PC, then I could install also Simulcast Viewer. I found that I can not install it
in Windows8.1 32bit PC at the later date.  http://java.com/ja/download/manual.jsp


I reinstalled Simulcast folder from C:\Plogrum Files\... to C:\simulcast\...,
and I renamed the file name from "Simulcast Viewer.exe, Simulcast Viewer.ini"
to "Simulcast_Viewer.exe, Simulcast_Viewer.ini". I can't connect to the server yet.


      

simulcast.bat
C:\simulcast\Simulcast_Viewer.exe -maximize -auto_play map -server_choice simulcast.tuis.ac.jp:3502

  Control Panel -> System Security -> Windows Firewall -> Allowed Programs
  -> Allow programs to communicate through Windows Firewall -> Change settings
  -> Allow another program -> Select "Simulcast Viewer"


The following Port experiments do not necessarily need to be performed.

  Control Panel -> System Security -> Windows Firewall -> Advanced Settings
  Inbound Rules -> New Rules -> Port -> Select TCP or UDP -> Enter Specific Local Ports Number ->
  Select either Allow the Connection, Allow the Connection If Secure. -> Select either Domain or Private ->
  Enter a Name and Description of the rule. -> Finish (The server was restored later.)


       

       


I received a reply mail from NASA. When I re-entered the server number in simulcast.bat,
I could connect to NASA server. Because this image is over US, so The next challenge is that
how to be able to display the image over Japan. I may need to connect to a Japanese server.
https://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/?id=forum


    

    


I received a reply from ground station in Tokyo University of Information Sciences.
I must use "202.26.153.215:3502" instead of "simulcast.tuis.ac.jp" in Japan, because
of during construction of the server. "simulcast.tuis.ac.jp: 3502" server was recovered
at a later date.

The following image was received by Tokyo University of Agriculture Okhotsk Campus
that cooperation with Tokyo University of Information Sciences in Japan. Refer, TUIS site
I could receive the lower image was taken on 03:38:35-03:50:06 UTC, 21 Jan 2015 from Aqua.


    

    


And I decoded a picture was taken by Suomi-NPP of the earth 0bservation satellite.
NPP spacecraft lifted off aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from
Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on 28 Oct 2011.

Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi-NPP has a spectrum
coverage from visible, near- mid- and to thermal infra-red. The following image
was received by Miyakojima Facility of Tokyo University of Agriculture that
cooperation with Tokyo University of Information Sciences. It was taken on
04:19:56-04:32:13 UTC, 22 Jan 2015 by Suomi-NPP. Whole of Japan has hidden
under the rain clouds. It's a satellite with very beautiful picture quality.
The image acquisition site, NASA.GOV.

  Suomi-NPP
    


Realtime decoding by JE9PEL

TERRA satellite on 11:13-11:22 (Ele10deg) and 12:48-13:01 UTC (Ele76deg), 23 Jan 2015. 
In "Simulcast Viewer - Options", Select "Auto Play" in Map_Layout. Then the images from
the satellite is constantly drawing on Map_Layout window each time the satellite comes.

TERRA 25994 1999-068A
AQUA  27424 2002-022A
NPP   37849 2011-061A

TERRA
1 25994U 99068A   15022.36386107  .00000319  00000-0  80865-4 0   383
2 25994 098.2036 098.9415 0001418 093.2279 266.9086 14.57112487802985
AQUA
1 27424U 02022A   15021.99017395  .00000602  00000-0  14380-3 0  2504
2 27424 098.2254 325.0167 0001375 087.8293 010.0400 14.57095301676535
NPP
1 37849U 11061A   15022.20005674  .00000059  00000-0  48626-4 0  9987
2 37849 098.6850 324.2115 0001631 111.3995 353.5028 14.19585389167662


    


Orbit Prediction today (Terra/Aqua/NPP), 24 Jan 2015

         ----- AOS -----  ---- Max El ----  ----- LOS -----  Dur
          JST   Az    MA   JST   El   Az     JST   Az    MA  min
TERRA
15/01/24 09:50 023.2 024  09:57 34.0 093.6  10:03 171.3 057  013
15/01/24 11:28 355.1 022  11:34 21.1 294.6  11:40 229.9 053  012
15/01/24 20:53 138.1 205  21:00 27.1 068.1  21:06 002.7 238  012
15/01/24 22:31 196.0 203  22:37 26.0 262.4  22:44 333.1 235  012

AQUA
15/01/24 00:26 034.1 030  00:32 16.2 095.1  00:38 151.4 060  011
15/01/24 02:03 004.0 025  02:10 42.6 279.7  02:17 210.7 060  013
15/01/24 03:44 323.5 031  03:47 01.8 301.7  03:49 284.3 043  004
15/01/24 11:30 116.9 214  11:35 13.5 067.2  11:41 012.1 241  010
15/01/24 13:06 176.6 205  13:13 55.7 265.3  13:19 342.2 240  013
15/01/24 14:49 252.2 216  14:51 02.0 274.2  14:54 296.0 229  005
15/01/24 23:35 074.7 044  23:36 00.5 083.2  23:38 096.0 050  002

NPP
15/01/24 01:23 014.4 007  01:30 76.0 081.8  01:38 190.5 045  015
15/01/24 03:04 347.8 007  03:10 12.3 300.0  03:16 247.2 036  011
15/01/24 11:05 108.6 197  11:11 10.7 061.3  11:16 013.8 225  011
15/01/24 12:43 166.2 187  12:50 86.5 286.0  12:58 347.0 225  015
15/01/24 14:26 229.5 193  14:31 07.9 272.9  14:36 314.6 218  010
15/01/24 23:28 064.9 023  23:30 01.9 084.6  23:33 104.6 036  005


Satellites Frequency (Terra/Aqua/NPP)
http://mdkenny.customer.netspace.net.au/metsat_frequencies.html


I started Simulcast Viewer in the morning 24 Jan 2015, but Viewer had froze in the
evening, and I saved the image of Terra/Aqua/Suomi-NPP in the mornig, but the central
part of the essential was the undisplayed as follows. The next day, 25 Jan 2015,
I could receive while covering the central part of Japan in all satellites.
NASA/TUIS direct reception via the internet access.

Terra  10:33-10:46JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 80 N-Z-WS,  8212.500MHz
Aqua   10:40-10:43JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 01 EN -EN,  8160.000MHz
NPP    10:48-10:57JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 06 E-E-EN,  7812.000MHz
Aqua   12:11-12:24JSt, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 36 SE-E-N,  8160.000MHz
Terra  12:12-12:21JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 07 SE-E-N,  8212.500MHz
NPP    12:24-12:39JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 62 SE-E-N,  7812.000MHz
Aqua   13:50-14:02JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 19 SW-W-WN, 8160.000MHz
NPP    14:06-14:18JST, 25 Jan 2015, Ele 14 SW-W-WN, 7812.000MHz


    


Terra/Aqua/Suomi-NPP, 1 Feb 2015

         ----- AOS -----  ---- Max El ----  ----- LOS -----  Dur
  DATE    JST   AZ    MA   JST   El   Az     JST   Az    MA  min  Sats
15/02/01 09:03 043.7 046  09:08 09.7 092.2  09:13 139.4 072  010  TERRA
15/02/01 10:21 056.8 230  10:21 00.2 052.9  10:22 045.2 234  001  NPP
15/02/01 10:39 008.7 040  10:46 68.9 286.7  10:52 200.4 074  013  TERRA
15/02/01 10:45 075.3 243  10:47 01.7 057.9  10:50 036.3 254  004  AQUA
15/02/01 11:53 138.1 208  12:00 31.3 063.7  12:07 359.0 243  014  NPP
15/02/01 12:17 148.8 225  12:24 41.9 078.7  12:30 357.1 003  013  AQUA
15/02/01 12:19 335.1 042  12:23 05.6 298.3  12:26 266.1 062  007  TERRA
15/02/01 13:33 194.4 204  13:40 28.3 265.7  13:47 333.5 239  014  NPP
15/02/01 13:56 208.5 225  14:02 16.5 265.5  14:08 326.3 255  011  AQUA


      

      


Terra/Aqua/Suomi-NPP, 21 Mar 2015

TUIS     Tokyo University of Information Sciences Ground St.  (Chiba City)
TUIS-OC  Tokyo University of Agriculture, Okhotsk Campus      (Abashiri City)
TUIS-MF  Tokyo University of Agriculture, Miyakojima Facility (Miyakojima City)

Simulcast Viewer, developed by NASA Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL)
Optiones - Map Layout - Auto Play
Optiones - Player Manager - Maxium Total: 10

TERRA    8212.500MHz
AQUA     8160.000MHz
NPP      7812.000MHz

         ----- AOS -----  ---- Max El ----  ----- LOS -----  Dur
  DATE    JST   AZ    MA   JST   El   Az     JST   Az    MA  min  Sats
15/03/21 09:03 043.6 020  09:08 09.6 092.0  09:13 139.2 045  010  TERRA
15/03/21 10:20 058.9 251  10:21 00.3 051.2  10:22 043.5 000  002  NPP  
15/03/21 10:39 008.8 013  10:46 69.1 288.8  10:52 200.4 047  013  TERRA
15/03/21 10:45 074.5 219  10:47 01.6 057.1  10:50 035.6 231  004  AQUA 
15/03/21 11:52 138.9 229  11:59 31.5 069.6  12:06 359.7 008  014  NPP  
15/03/21 12:17 148.3 202  12:24 41.5 075.4  12:30 357.1 235  013  AQUA 
15/03/21 12:19 335.3 015  12:23 05.6 298.5  12:27 262.7 036  008  TERRA
15/03/21 13:32 193.6 225  13:39 28.2 260.3  13:46 332.6 005  014  NPP  
15/03/21 13:56 206.2 201  14:02 16.7 267.0  14:08 326.9 232  012  AQUA 


Aqua/MODIS earth observing satellite

Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for
the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the
Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in
the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice,
and snow cover on the land and ice. (Quated from NASA saite)

http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/realtime.cgi
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wxsatellite/modis.htm
http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/aqua/
http://aqua.nasa.gov/


[complement1]
NASA Site
Smooth Modis
Simulcast Viewer


[complement2]
Terra  09:32-09:44JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 21 NE-E-ES  8212.500MHz
NPP    10:58-11:08JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele  9 E-EN-N   7812.000MHz
Terra  11:09-11:22JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 33 N-W-WS   8212.500MHz
Aqua   11:12-11:21JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele  9 E-EN-N   8160.000MHz
NPP    12:35-12:49JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 79 S-Z-N    7812.000MHz
Aquq   12:47-13:00JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 84 S-W-N    8160.000MHz
NPP    14:17-14:28JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 10 SW-W-WN  7812.000MHz
AQUA   14:27-14:36JST, 25 Apr 2015, Ele 7  SW-W-WN  8160.000MHz

  (a)                      (b)                      (c)
      

http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/hatoyama/satellite/sendata/modis_j.html
http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/realtime.cgi
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wxsatellite/modis.htm
http://www.satnavi.jaxa.jp/project/aqua/
http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/aqua/
http://www.restec.or.jp/satellite/aqua
http://aqua.nasa.gov/

  Aqua Satellite
  
  (C)NASA


[complement3]
  NPP  14:06-14:18JST, 3 Jan 2017, Ele 11 SW-W-WN
  Aqua 13:11-13:24JST, 4 Jan 2017, Ele 48 S-W-WN

    

  
  TUIS.021362.sc NPP VIIRS, 2017-01-04 03:06:43-03:14:04UTC, Resolution 750meter
  Southeast Russia and Hokkaido in Japan


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