The Soviet Union took the world by surprise when it sent its Sputnik satellite into low earth orbit way back in 1957. The event triggered a space race between the Soviets and the United States and ushered in technologies that would go on to touch the lives of every human on earth. Today, several nations have a space program. And one of the more useful things to put in orbit are weather satellites.
In 2014, the Russians launched their Meteor N M-2 weather satellite into a polar orbit. The part that were most interested in is the fact that it transmits images at 137.1 MHz using the standard LRPT protocol. However, the newer Meteor N M-2 transmits images at twelve times the resolution of US NOAA satellites. No typo there – that’s twelve (12!) times. Have we got your attention now?
We shouldn’t have to tell you to jump on over to [grabbing some of these awesome images.] blog which gives you everything you need to start
Now, before you get your jumper wires in a bunch – we are well aware that receiving satellite images is nothing new.
Thanks to [Roy Tremblay] for the tip!
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Could you please Change the title? This satellite is not new at all and LRPT is also far away from RAW Images.
The RAW/Full res Images are transmitted at L-band (AHRPT) or x-Band.
There is also a tutorial from RTL-sdr.com from years ago and i also received Images from the MeteorM2 sat with my DIY Yagi that was also featured here on hack a day a while back.
But still: That satellite is awesome for VHF :)
Come on…the title is really misleading…
How about: Grabbing better Images from satellites in the VHF band
It’d be strange to expect HAD journalist to be actually knowledgeable. Or even act like they are, it’s not 2012 anymore ffs. His reaction is a clear example of the culture that journalist embrace on HAD, show that he’s wrong and he’ll show that he does not give a single fuck.
I wonder how many people read this site only for the purposes of pointing out grammar errors and headline inconsistencies
Bah! I went and changed the title due to the overwhelming outcry from ham radio folks who say that 2014 isn’t new, and LRPT images aren’t “raw”.
Still, go check out the linked website for a great tutorial about pulling down very impressive photos from this relatively new satellite.
Elliot,this is a link to an article which in it’s self is a link to the original material. we are becoming increasingly abstracted today. I’ve read it before but love satellite images so cheers ….cool!
(12!) times… nope no typo here the images are 479001600 times the resolution of NOAA :)
Want to know why? The GOP has been defunding NOAA satellites because the NOAA supports scientific study into climate change.
Or else, by now they’d have something as good.
They also defunded fuel for the Moon. It is going to fall some time in 2018.
thats no moon
You have it all wrong: rising tides from Global Warming will exert higher gravitational forces on the Moon and drag it down to Earth.
Still can’t see my house… Needs more zoom.
If the CSI series has shown me anything that is you can see everything by zooming and enhancing a particular area.
A 0.3Mpx camera on a gas station? Zoom and enhance the reflection of that chromed screw! We got him!
>>However, the newer Meteor N M-2 transmits images at twelve times the resolution of US NOAA satellites. No typo there – that’s twelve (12!) times.
Can you explain this more? Are you comparing to the old NOAA15 / 17 / 18 satellites? GOES-16 is also operated by NOAA and has a much higher resolution than NOAA15.
They compare it to the NOAA15/NOAA18/NOAA19 satellites because they are in the same class as the MeteorM2.
GOES is stationary and doesen’t transmit in VHF, so it’s another Kind of sat.
Time to get that kickstarter going.
I would be seriously disappointed if SpaceX does not add a simple camera to its planned 4000 sat low-altitude mesh network.
He is saying 12! is “12 factorial” (12*11*10*9*8*7*6*5*4*3*2) which is the really big number.
Tehe. My thoughts exactly.
How would we know what to prepare and adapt for without scientific measurements and models?
+1 and another +1 for the zing.
Politics seems to work well for this…
It appears that the PDF from Happysat is no longer available for download…..
A simple search turns up a few useful links for a file of than name. https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-tutorial-receiving-meteor-m-n2-lrpt-weather-satellite-images-rtl-sdr/ is the page the link can be found on and https://www.rtl-sdr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Recieving-Meteor-M-N2-in-Realtime_v2.pdf is the direct link.
That blue text is actually two links, one works.
It is available in other locations, but some of the Russian software is darn near impossible to find. These are the articles I used in the setup of my station last week — heaven’t caught anything yet, though….
No one here seems to know that the new NOAA JPSS-1 satellite Launched on November 18th. NOAA is getting new satellites still guys…
Yes, I really need a HD picture of clouds over North Korea.
Don’t need photos of Earth – I’m already here. Wait…am I? Yep, it’s Earth. Just barely.
Waiting for the Man to pull the handle. Flush!
Does this satellite take color images or is that a color Earth image put in behind a monochrome image of clouds?
Both satellite series (NOAA15/18/19 and MeteorM2) take colored Images.
You can get an color image even with APT but it is only calculated Color.
The LRPT data consists out of three channels that can be combined to a rgb / colored Image.
So you can get colored Images from that satellite :)
Enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance, enhance.
Interesting that that dipole doesn’t have a balun but seems to do the job.
I’ve set up an automated ‘station’ with a raspberry pi to capture every pass. Just a homebrew QFH antenna and a DVB-T stick. Code’s on GitHub: https://github.com/gvandela/MeteorRpiReceiver
That is ridiculously awesome! Thanks!
Do you have a full set of software requirements handy, or a setup document? I’d like to dump my Windows laptop station in favor of one of my unused Pi’s.
That’s on my todo list. I think, from a fresh raspbian install, it doesn’t go further than installing gnuradio-companion and gr-osmosdr.
I’m rather busy, so if you try your luck without instructions, please let us know what was needed to get it working. Should be easy.
Not having much luck. The saved file from GRC is always zero bytes. Can run it manually without issue.
Here’s a really basic install sequence that I worked out — it seems to work, but won’t really know until I get the antenna hooked up:
1) configure latest raspbian and configure keymap appropriately
2) sudo apt-get install gnuradio
3) sudo apt-get install gr-osmosdr
4) sudo apt-get install mailutils
5) sudo dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config
6) sudo vi /etc/exim4/passwd.client
7) sudo update-exim4.conf; sudo /etc/init.d/exim4 restart
8) sudo apt-get install ntpdate
9) mkdir -p ~/Projects/Python_projects/Meteor_receiver
10) cd ~
11) git clone https://github.com/gvandela/MeteorRpiReceiver.git
12) mv ~/MeteorRpiReceiver/ ~/Projects/Python_projects/Meteor_receiver
13) cd ~/Projects/Python_projects/Meteor_receiver/MeteorRpiReceiver
14) mv * ..
15) cd ..
16) rm -rf MeteorRpiReceiver
17) pip install pyephem
18) pip install psutil
19) edit email_config.txt, mail_list.txt, and user_location.txt
20) sudo ntpdate -u pool.ntp.org
21) python ./scheduler_v0.2.8.py
With a little modification, got it to work on a Ubuntu 17.10 laptop as a local user. Had no luck with the raspi, unfortunately.
On raspi it dosn´t work :-(.
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