Grabbing Better Images From A Newer Russian Satellite

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 [phasenoise’s] blog which gives you everything you need to start grabbing some of these awesome images.

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!

46 thoughts on “Grabbing Better Images From A Newer Russian Satellite

  1. 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 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 :)

      1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. >>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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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 :)

      1. 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.

        1. 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
          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
          21) python ./

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