Remotely Monitoring a Satellite Instrument

How a small aerospace company uses Linux to remotely monitor the performance of a satellite instrument.

This system provides us with the ability to remotely monitor the SABER calibration tests and the flexibility to remotely process the data, or even download and process it in Virginia on our local Linux workstations. We've used Linux for five years, so we were not surprised at the ease of getting Linux to work in a networked environment. From this exercise, we verified the validity and robustness of Linux as the OS of choice for systems requiring remote access and remote monitoring. Invaluable to our project has been the flexibility Linux offers for configuring a mobile computer to operate in different locations under different networks. Finally, the ease of troubleshooting provided by the open-source software available in the standard Linux packages makes it the clear winner in rapid-development environments.



Guy Beaver is a Software Engineer and Senior Associate at GATS Incorporated. He has worked with computers and satellite remote sensing since 1984. Although he looks young, he is old enough to remember card punches and 8-track tapes. He can be reached at



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So did SABER ever launch? Was the data processing successful?

Yes! See http://saber.larc.n

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