MetOp-A, Europe's first polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, was launched on 19 October 2006.
Just before 08:00 UTC on 25 October the AVHRR scanner was switched on, and a few seconds later the image it saw was received at Dundee Satellite Receiving Station.
MetOp records its data for each whole orbit and dumps it, very fast, to a ground station location in Arctic Norway. Dundee can capture this data stream and process it in the same way as the normal, regional data. The first time this was attempted was at 19:00 on 20 November 2006 when we captured an orbit which contained, amongst other areas, the west coast of America in daylight.
See the quicklook image (rather large).
See the full resolution image (very large 2048 x 22000 pixels!).
The data dump is transmitted at low power and high data rate (70 Mbps) on X-Band, and would normally require an antenna of 10m diameter. The Dundee antenna is 2.8m. In comparison the regional transmission is on L-band at 3.5 Mbps and can be received with antennas as small as 1.2m.
First SeaWiFS image.
First MODIS image of Scotland
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