Tutorial: Satellite Data Reception

The sensor on board a satellite records an image - What happens next?

RADARSAT-1 satellite

  • How does that image get from the satellite to the Earth?
  • What happens to that image in transit?
  • How do we get a usable copy of that image?

Follow the process step-by-step as we illustrate how a satellite image travels from space to become a usable product on the ground.

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Table of Contents

Remote Sensing Satellites

Tracking the Satellites

Data Stream Handling

Recording

Conclusion