Telemetry / Remote Communications
Robust and innovative remote communication technology is a significant part of our 35 year history. Given our focus on systems designed for extremely remote deployment, it’s no wonder that we’ve matured into a leader in GOES satellite communication technology.
GOES transmitters send data via Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). GOES satellites have orbits that coincide with the Earth’s rotation, allowing each satellite to remain above a specific region. The GOES system is administered by the National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (NESDIS). NESDIS assigns addresses, uplink channels, and self-timed/random transmit time windows. Self-timed windows allow data transmission only during a predetermined time frame. Random windows are for applications of a critical nature (e.g., flood reporting) and allow transmission immediately after a threshold has been exceeded.
FTS communication technology forms the backbone of the US National Climate Reference Station system.