Jul 20, 2023

Toolkit to handle the automatic picture transmission protocol

A Linux toolkit for handling signals over the automatic picture transmission APT protocol.

Intro to Automatic Picture Transmission

Automatic picture transmission APT is an analog image transmission format developed for use on weather satellites in the 1960s. While only three modern satellites, NOAA 15, NOAA 18, and NOAA 19, transmit on the APT protocol, building a reception station is cheap and simple. The images can be quite high qualitythey natively have a resolution of 4 km/px. It is reasonable to expect at least one good-quality satellite pass and, thereby, opportunity for image downlink per day.

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