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the ssable system - automated archive, catalog, browse and distribution of satellite data in near-real timeHistorically, locating and browsing satellite data has been a cumbersome and expensive process. This has impeded the efficient and effective use of satellite data in the geosciences. SSABLE is a new interactive tool for the archive, browse, order, and distribution of satellite date based upon X Window, high bandwidth networks, and digital image rendering techniques. SSABLE provides for automatically constructing relational database queries to archived image datasets based on time, data, geographical location, and other selection criteria. SSABLE also provides a visual representation of the selected archived data for viewing on the user's X terminal. SSABLE is a near real-time system; for example, data are added to SSABLE's database within 10 min after capture. SSABLE is network and machine independent; it will run identically on any machine which satisfies the following three requirements: 1) has a bitmapped display (monochrome or greater); 2) is running the X Window system; and 3) is on a network directly reachable by the SSABLE system. SSABLE has been evaluated at over 100 international sites. Network response time in the United States and Canada varies between 4 and 7 s for browse image updates; reported transmission times to Europe and Australia typically are 20-25 s.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Simpson, James J.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Harkins, Daniel N.
(California Univ. La Jolla, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Volume: 31
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0196-2892
Subject Category
Distribution Limits