Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) Awarded Techonology and Engineering Emmy® for their Contributions to Pioneering Mobile X-Band Radar

ESS Weathertech (ESS) are proud to announce that our partner radar company Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) in the United States have been presented with an industry recognised Emmy® award (at The National Academy of Arts & Sciences ceremony) in the field of Technology and Engineering. We would like to formally congratulate our Director (and Chairman of EEC and ESS), Colin Cookes, who accepted the award alongside EEC’s President and CEO Chris Goode and Director of Strategic Business Development Richard Stedronsky and everyone’s involvement at EEC in this achievement.

EEC are world leaders in meteorological radar technology and have been operational since 1971. Consistently pushing innovative boundaries in weather radar has landed EEC with this well-deserved award for revolutionising the first, mobile, X-Band radar. The StormRanger is a doppler weather radar truck that is designed to forecast weather for television and reporting purposes. Meteorologists and journalists therefore have the data and knowledge for real-time monitoring at their fingertips, increasing the accuracy and speed of forecasts. American broadcasting stations NBC and Telemundo both own StormRanger trucks and were involved in the process of developing the system so EEC could deliver a product to complement the requirements of the operational staff, by fitting a Ranger® X-Band radar customised to their vehicles.

EEC’s Ranger® X-Bands are dual-polarised weather radars, with a compact, light-weight design, solid state transmitter and low power consumption - making them perfect to be fitted to mobile systems. The dual polarisation capability offers very high-resolution data obtained from signals for short and medium range weather detection. This detailed information has the ability to tell us more than ever about the atmosphere, not limited to accurate estimates of events such as rain, thunderstorms and hail, but discriminating between particles to even detect smoke, enhancing emergency service response.

EEC are responsible for industry advancements in the area of dual-polarised radars making them pioneers in the field. ESS Weathertech have delivered mobile X-Band radars for the Indonesian Air Force in 2015. For more information on Ranger® X-Band radars, please visit: http://www.eecweathertech.com/ranger-x-band-radar-systems.php or contact us at sales@essweather.com regarding inquiries.

ESS Director and EEC Chairman Colin Cookes (centre), EEC President & CEO Chris Goode (left) and EEC Director of Strategic Business Development Richard Stedronsky (right).

ESS Director and EEC Chairman Colin Cookes (centre), EEC President & CEO Chris Goode (left) and EEC Director of Strategic Business Development Richard Stedronsky (right).

Posted on April 10, 2019 .

DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer Launch

ESS Weathertech are pleased to announce our involvement with the recent launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) on board the rocket, which was partly developed by Melbourne researchers, is a camera that will produce high resolution images that will encourage a variety of applications including: monitoring and analysis of the Great Barrier Reef, agricultural planning, and also for emergency services such as firefighting.  

Our Chief Engineer at ESS, Gary Quinn, is part of the DLR - LaTrobe collaboration that includes developing the control systems for the DESIS camera, and also building a groundstation to receive data from high resolution DLR satellites, TET and BIROS, which are specially designed for fire monitoring

DESIS will find its home on the International Space Station (ISS) after the rocket launch on Friday 29th of June, 2018 (AEST) before we can start receiving any imagery in Melbourne. This exciting, new, global asset is a step towards Victoria’s involvement with space technology and further proposals that are yet to come.

To read more about the launch and the people behind its development, please visit this article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-30/la-trobe-space-camera-launch-rocket-bushfires-great-barrier-reef/9927426

Posted on July 3, 2018 .

Weather Radar Installed Upon CSIRO's RV Investigator Vessel

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) RV Investigator is a 94-metre-long ship, which has been designed to travel the vast areas of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Ocean to collect useful research information regarding atmospheric, oceanic, marine biological and geological phenomena, from remote, uncharted locations. This project was commenced by the Federal Government’s Super Science Initiative.

Aboard the Investigator vessel is one of our very own weather research radars that we purchased from our partner company, Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) in the US, and have contracted with CSIRO; which has the capability of collecting data from a 300km diameter range and reaching vertically up to 20km into the atmosphere.  

The valuable information obtained from this whopping 1.75 tonne dual-polarized radar has the ability to drastically improve numerical weather forecasting and climate modelling due to the minute detail with which the radar can detect. With the voyage extending from tropical to Antarctic regions, access to data on the composition (water and ice mixtures) and formation of tropical and cold ice storms allows researchers to deeply investigate the sky, putting the RV Investigator at the forefront of radar technology.

Access to such knowledge provides meteorologists with the opportunity to analyse large amounts of information vital to answering questions regarding weather patterns and large-scale processes occurring in the atmosphere.

Upon the successful installation of the radar on the Investigator, The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), a partnership between the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, will be able to utilise the collected data for the purpose of research.

For more information about the RV Investigator research vessel and its voyages, please visit the Marine National Facility's (MNF) website at http://mnf.csiro.au/

Posted on February 6, 2018 .

Radar for Offshore Gas Processing Platform Commissioned

The INPEX Ichthys Explorer platform is the largest semi-submersible in the world. It measures 130m by 120m and is located in 250m of water at the edge of the continental shelf about 200km off the northwest coast of Australia.

EEC won the contract to install its latest C band dual polarization weather radar on the platform. There are two main functions of the radar. Firstly to provide early warning of the approach of tropical cyclones. Weather radar is the primary tool used to track severe tropical cyclones. The radar has an effective range of 300km or so and provides early warning of the approach and track of an impending severe weather event. Secondly it will be used to monitor weather impacting on helicopter operations from the mainland to the platform.

The new radar is of great strategic importance in the national tropical cyclone monitoring and warning program operated by the Bureau of Meteorology. All its weather radars are located on the coast and access to this radar located 200km out to sea provides additional critical early warning data. This benefits all of the communities in northwest Australia and all of the offshore oil and gas explorers and miners as well as INPEX.

The Bureau is currently arranging to access the INPEX radar data which will be output by EEC from its EDGE operating system in an internationally recognised format and transmitted to the Bureau by a secure communications system operated by INPEX.

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Posted on October 2, 2017 .