• A MODULAR APPROACH TO LANDSAT 7 GROUND PROCESSING

      Mah, G. R.; Pater, R.; Alberts, K.; O’Brien, M.; Senden, T.; Raytheon (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      Current Landsat 7 processing is based on a single-string, multifunction approach. A follow-on system has been designed that repartitions functions across multiple hardware platforms to provide increased flexibility and support for additional missions. Downlink bit stream acquisition has been moved to lower cost systems functioning as “capture appliances” with high-speed network interconnections to Level 0 processing on generic compute servers. This decouples serial data stream acquisition from the processing system to allow the addition or replacement of compute servers, without the reintegration of specialized high-speed capture hardware. Moreover, it also allows the easy integration of new systems and missions without extensive system redesign or additional software.