SGI Technology Powers Real-Time Data Processing of Satellite Images for Astronautic Technology

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SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GEOINT 2007, Booth 475 — To receive, process and distribute high-resolution imagery obtained by Malaysia’s Earth observation satellite, Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd (ATSB) selected a wide range of high-performance compute and storage technology from SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) . The SGI-powered real-time data processing system was installed in July in preparation for the launch of the RazakSAT(TM) spacecraft. Currently, Malaysian agencies requiring satellite imagery rely upon image data and information provided by satellites manufactured and operated by foreign companies. Due to the orbit in which these satellites are located, the images provided are neither timely enough nor do they cater to Malaysia’s specific uses and needs. Malaysia’s own satellite is a highly specialized payload requiring high performance ground ingest and processing capabilities that will provide specific and timely data for its users in Malaysia as well as catering to the needs of other countries located on the equatorial belt.
The RazakSAT satellite will be operated through its ground station in Malaysia, consisting of a Mission Control Station (MCS) and Image Receiving and Processing Station (IRPS), where the SGI systems are housed. ATSB’s engineers are operators at the MCS and will execute RazakSAT’s mission plan, command generation and telemetry receiving, archiving and analysis. Using the SGI real-time image and data processing system, which includes an SGI(R) Altix(R) 350 server running Oracle(R) as the database for their image processing application, the IRPS will receive images for archive, post-processing and distribution.
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