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					                 Civil Air Patrol
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                     Satellite Digital
                    Imaging System



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       Brief History
             In 1995, CAP standardized on Slow Scan
              TV as the video system for CAP.
             In 1997-1998 the first systems were
              deployed to the regions.
                  Equipment took up most of the back seat
                  Used CAP VHF-FM Frequencies causing
                   interference problems.
                  Resolution was not good.




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       Brief History – Continued
             In January 2003, the Advanced Technology
                 Group was challenged to provide a better
                 resolution system for delivering video for
                 CAP.
                  Members of the Naval Research Lab studied
                   the available methods and recommended
                   utilizing the Globalstar Satellite Phone system
                   for sending video.
                  First mission tested in the Florida Keys in April
                   2003.




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       Systems delivered to regions
           beginning the summer of 2003.
             Each region has 2 complete systems and
                 one additional tray.

       Several wings are currently
           purchasing their own systems
           thanks to local government grants.



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       What is SDIS?




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       Installation

                 Professionally installed
                       RCOM-100
                       Sat. Phone




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       RCOM-100 Unit
             DB-9 serial connector for a computer
             RJ-11 standard phone connection
             Cables run to back seat




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       Video Components
             Nikon Coolpix 5700 Digital Camera or
              other suitable camera
             Laptop/Tablet Computer




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                      System Setup




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       System Connections
                                            Connecting components
                                            differently will cause
                                            system failure!




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       Startup




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                                 Click OK




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                 Click “Setup Mission”




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                                           Select Mission




                              Click “Set Mission”




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                                  Note system configuration.




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                         How it works

      Take the picture


                      Attach it to an E-mail



                             Send the E-mail by Satcom



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       Taking the pictures
             Standard practices
             Backseat with camera window is best




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       Downloading the pictures
             Turn on computer
             Connect cable from camera to USB port on
              computer
             Turn the Nikon Coolpix 5700 on.
             Nikon software should autostart.




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       Nikon Image Transfer
                       This screen comes up
                  automatically when the camera
                   is plugged into the computer.

                                                         You can change
                                                           where in the
                                                          computer the
                                                       pictures are stored.




                   When you are ready, click here to
                   download your pictures from the
                      camera to the computer.


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       Nikon Downloading




                 Once the download begins you will be able
                 to view a thumbnail and the percentage of
                   download for each picture. Ensure the
                      “Show thumbnail” box is checked.




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       Nikon Browser




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       Nikon Browser               Edit Icon
                                                        You can make
                                                        an optional edit
                                                         of any picture
                                                        by highlighting
                                                          the photo to
                                                            edit and
                                                        clicking on the
                                                            edit icon.


                                                    Highlighted Picture




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       Editing the Image




                 Simply use the marquee tool to
                              Simply use the marquee
                 Simply use the marquee tool to
                             area and then click
                  select the area and then click
                  select the tool to select the area and
                         on the crop tool.
                             then click on
                         on the crop tool. the crop tool.




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       Save Image


                                                    Your crop will fill
                                                    the picture area.
                                                      Now save the
                                                     picture with the
                                                      name of your
                               Blurred for
                            privacy reasons
                                                         choice.
                                                      When finished
                                                      click the Nikon
                                                     Browser icon at
                                                    the bottom on the
                                                          screen.

                 Nikon Browser Icon



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       Sending the image



                                                     To send the image
                                                    highlight the picture
                                                    or pictures you want
                                                      to send with you
                                                           cursor.
                                                     Then simply click
                                                      the e-mail icon




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       Selecting Size                              Once the e-mail icon is
                                                    selected an e-mail box
                                                      will appear. Select


                                                     This size (750 pixels)
                                                    allows the picture to be
                                                        displayed on the
                                                      receiver’s computer
                                                       approximately full
                                                    screen and ensures the
                                                    picture file size is not to
                                                        large for efficient
                                                          transmission.
                                                    Once your have set the
                                                    pixel width, click on the
                                                           send icon.



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       Addressing & sending
                                                           E-Mail Message



                                                           Use E-Mail Groups instead
                                                           of long lists of addresses.



                                                Subject line will be the image caption.




                                                       Last line must be the WMIRS
                                                       Signature block.




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                            SDIS Status




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       Message is spooled in the
        computer
       The spooler will connect to
        Globalstar and send messages
        until all are sent
       You may continue to send and the
        new messages will be sent in turn
       If the connection is lost, the
        spooler will retry until a new
        connection is made.

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    E-mail delivery is the primary method

    WMIRS should is used for archiving
        images

    WMIRS Format for message
          Subject line will be the WMIRS caption
          Last line must be WMIRS MISSION: XXX
             For WMIRS to recognize




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       Important Notes:
             Practice with a regular phone dialup
                 internet connection from any location
                Configure address groups in advance
                Test computer and camera during preflight
                Send a practice picture after startup
                After downloading your camera pictures
                 remember to delete downloaded pictures
                 or they will be downloaded again during
                 the next download


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  Satellite Time is Expensive
          Ensure the system is used for
         mission essential purposes only!!

       Each RCOM-100 is on a 120 minute
       monthly plan (no rollover.) Minutes in
       excess of the plan that have not been
           pre-approved by the National
       Operations Center will be billed to the
                responsible region
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       What’s new?
             Higher resolution with better cameras
             IR/Thermal Imaging




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       Better resolution with new cameras




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             IR Thermal Imaging




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                                  Take the test at:
                 https://ntc.cap.af.mil/ops/tests/default.cfm?grp=dov



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