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DMSP Small Tactical Terminal

The Small Tactical Terminal (STT) provides worldwide, real-time, tactical weather support to the Army and Air Force. The system consists of lightweight, portable weather terminals that provide an interactive meteorological satellite data analysis capability without reliance on surface communications. The system is configured in basic, enhanced, and Joint Task Force Satellite Terminal (JTFST) versions. The basic system is upgraded by means of enhancement and JTFST kits. The basic configuration of this system ingests, processes, stores, and displays Real-time Data Smooth (RDS) data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites; Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) data transmitted from the NOAA Television Infrared Observations Satellites (TIROS), the Chinese FENG YUN satellites and the Russian METEOR satellites; and Weather Facsimile (WEFAX) data from the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS), METEOSAT, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) geostationary satellites. The enhanced configuration of this system, in addition to providing the capabilities of the basic configuration, ingests, processes, stores, and displays encrypted and non-encrypted Real-time Data (RTD) from the DMSP satellites, and High Resolution Picture Transmission (HRPT) data from the NOAA polar orbiting satellites. All configurations provide the capability to interface with the Army Integrated Meteorological System (IMETS) and the Air Force Combat Weather System (CWS). The JTFST configuration of the system, in addition to providing the capabilities of the enhanced configuration, ingests, processes, stores, and displays high resolution data from GMS, METEOSAT, and GOES-I through M. The JTFST configuration also will transmit raster images to a Satellite Imagery Dissemination System (SIDS).


Basic STT

Basic STT

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Designed and Developed by

The Aerospace Corp.

John Bohlson, Leonard Daly, and Charles Simmons
The Aerospace Corporation
Last modified on July 03, 1997




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