EUMETSAT representatives visited the FMI Arctic Space Centre (FMI-ARC) in Sodankylä, Finland, to kick off the Haiyang (HY-2) reception service for Near-Real-Time (NRT) data processing. The new service greatly improves the value and end-to-end timeliness of the global marine data.
The satellite acquisition service allows EUMETSAT to redistribute Chinese HY-2 marine satellite data to its users via EUMETCast (EUMETSAT’s primary dissemination mechanism for the near real-time delivery of satellite data and products). EUMETSAT acts as the communications link between FMI-ARC Sodankylä and the National Satellite Ocean Application Service NSOAS (State Oceanic Administration of the People’s Republic of China), whilst being a cooperating partner and technical interface between the agencies.
EUMETSAT and FMI have been running a pilot service since 2018, which turned operational in summer 2019. The HY-2 data acquisition service is currently handling two HY-2A passes per day. In the following weeks, the service will transition to HY-2B delivering five passes per day initially, and may be extended to seven passes per day in the medium term.
“FMI-ARC is a leading provider of real-time services and this is a chance for us to support this type of initiative” Timo Ryyppö, Head of the Sodankylä Satellite Data Centre said. “Personally, I feel very satisfied that our long-term work is recognised by a big player such as NSOAS, and this will encourage us to reach new levels where even the sky isn’t the limit”, Ryyppö continued.
Timo Ryyppö, Head of Sodankylä Satellite Data Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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