National Space Facilities Control And Test Center

Center for Special Information Reception and Processing and Navigation Field Control (CIP)

CIP was established on April 16, 1974 and is currently a research and testing agency, a branch of the NSFCTC of State Space Agency of Ukraine.

CIP is located at the distance of 15 km to the west of Dunaivtsi town on the Podolsk hill in the Khmelnytsky region.

The history of CIP begins with the adoption of the Decree of the Government of the USSR No. 239-88 dated April 5, 1972 “On the Establishment of a Unified Satellite Communication System in the USSR”. For this purpose, the deployment of a number of ground telemetry stations, which were equipped with command-measuring systems, computing equipment, communications and information transmission means started on the territory of the USSR. In 1974, one of these scientific-measuring points (number 19) was deployed on the territory of Ukraine in the Dunaivtsi district of Khmelnytsky region as a separate military unit, and got the conventional name of the 19th scientific-measuring point as a part of the military unit 32103.

In April 1992 the 19th scientific-measuring point was transferred to the jurisdiction of Ukraine. In 1997 it received its present name and became a part of the National Space Facilities Control and Test Center of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.

The staff has not only preserved, but also develops and multiplies the capable scientific and technical potential, which was inherited from the Space Forces of the USSR. Currently 23 stations and technical complexes are located in the territory of 93 hectares and 97 buildings and structures occupy an area of 47 hectares.

Tens of thousands of spacecraft control sessions and security sessions were conducted during the lifetime of the point.

The main tasks of the Center for Special Information Reception and Processing and Navigation Field Control (CIP)

  1. Application of space assets, organization and service duty.
  2. Organization of remote sensing information reception from foreign spacecrafts.
  3. Training of personnel and equipment setup for the launch and control of national spacecraft.
  4. Participation in the deployment of a ground segment of satellite control of the national communications and broadcasting system.
  5. Participation in the development and modernization of ground software and hardware complexes, information technologies, creation of the basis for implementation of perspective space projects.
  6. Ensuring the working capacity of ground space facilities.
  7. Ensuring further development of the Center: repair (modernization) of equipment; reception and commissioning of new equipment.
  8. Conducting of scientific and research, inventive and innovative work.

CIP is the main source of Earth remote sensing (ERS) information and a testing ground for methods of processing this information in Ukraine. CIP is a high-tech center, which is equipped with the latest facilities. Center’s space stations and complexes provide work with national and foreign spacecrafts and systems.

The daily reception of ERS information, its preliminary and thematic processing, storage (archiving), execution of orders on request of consumers is provided by the stations and complexes of the Center.

As a subject of the state environmental monitoring system, the Center is a segment of thematic processing of remote sensing information. The staff members conduct researches and develop methods of ERS data processing in order to detect floods, thermal anomalies (fires), to analyze and simulate the consequences of these phenomena, their prediction and warning. Ecological monitoring of environmental health, observation of the forest areas state and development of vegetation, as well as meteorological observation are carried out. An archive of ERS space information of SSA of Ukraine was brought into being in the Center. These are tens of terabytes of data available to consumers.

The issue of setting up in Ukraine the reception of ultra-high resolution information from foreign spacecrafts on the base of CIP has been discussed with the SSA of Ukraine.

The issue of setting up information reception by means of CIP from 2 open satellites (Aqua and NPP Suomi) of low resolution remote sensing was discussed additionally. In the long run – is to sign an agreement with the US Geological Survey on organization in Ukraine the information receiving from medium resolution satellites (Landsat-7 and Landsat-8) on the basis of CIP.

As a research establishment, CIP develops and implements the innovative technologies, improve technical facilities and control systems, study the possibilities of application and implementation of space information in various spheres of human life.

The Center participates in the activities of the National Target Scientific and Technical Space Program of Ukraine.

CIP is appointed as the operator and operating organization of the Positioning, timing, navigation system of Ukraine (PTNSU), which is created on request of the SSA of Ukraine within the framework of the National Target Scientific and Technical Space Program of Ukraine. The PTNSU is intended to monitor the state of the radionavigation field that is formed by GPS, GALLILEO, GLONASS and to provide users with additional differential correction information needed to improve the accuracy and reliability of local determination in real time. The CIP provide functioning of the PTNSU as a part of the Main and Reserve Control Centers for the Navigational Field and the Network of Control and Correction Stations..

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