Global Science & Technology, Inc. is proud to announce its team will continue to support NASA’s Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL) taking place at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The award is a 5-year, $9.3 Million contract focusing on the continuation of technology and science algorithm development for the acquisition and processing of freely transmitted live satellite data.
“This is an important victory because it provides the continuity and stability for strategically important work and adds the possibility of growth,” explained Global Science & Technology President Mr. Chieh-san Cheng.
The DRL receives satellite information from approximately 20 Direct Readout (DR) ground stations that intercept data from active NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites dedicated to measuring the planet’s atmosphere, oceans, land, ice, and life. The DRL activity provides a risk reduction evolutionary path for DR from upcoming new technology satellites (NPP, NPOESS).
DR is the process of acquiring freely transmitted live satellite data. As DR technologies have become more affordable and accessible (such as with the onset of the Internet), tools have been developed by the remote sensing community to make satellite data easier to acquire, process, and use. As a member of this community, NASA supplies many of these tools to foster global data exchange and scientific collaboration. Live local and regional environmental data, in turn, benefits environmental, commercial, and public interest decision making.
Direct Broadcast (DB) is the real-time transmission of satellite data to the ground. As the Earth is being observed by satellite instruments, the data is formatted and transmitted to any user below in real time. Users who have compatible ground receiving equipment and are in direct line of sight to the satellite may receive these transmissions.
Global Science & Technology has been supporting the NASA GSFC DRL for the last 10 years.
Along with Global Science & Technology’s work at the DRL, the company supports other science-related projects at NASA GSFC, including the Scientific Visualization Studio, Detector Characterization Laboratory, and Experimental Cosmology Laboratories.
For additional information on the NASA Goddard Direct Readout Laboratory, please check it’s website at: http://directreadout.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov.