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Open-File Report 00-330

Three-Month Performance Evaluation of the Nanometrics, Inc., Libra Satellite Seismograph System in the Northern California Seismic Network

By David H. Oppenheimer

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In 1999 the Northern California Seismic Network (NCSN) purchased a Libra satellite seismograph system from Nanometrics, Inc to assess whether this technology was a cost-effective and robust replacement for their analog microwave system. The system was purchased subject to it meeting the requirements, criteria and tests described in Appendix A. In early 2000, Nanometrics began delivery of various components of the system, such as the hub and remote satellite dish and mounting hardware, and the NCSN installed and assembled most equipment in advance of the arrival of Nanometrics engineers to facilitate the configuration of the system. The hub was installed in its permanent location, but for logistical reasons the "remote" satellite hardware was initially configured at the NCSN for testing. During the first week of April Nanometrics engineers came to Menlo Park to configure the system and train NCSN staff. The two dishes were aligned with the satellite, and the system was fully operational in 2 days with little problem. Nanometrics engineers spent the remaining 3 days providing hands-on training to NCSN staff in hardware/software operation, configuration, and maintenance. During the second week of April 2000, NCSN staff moved the entire remote system of digitizers, dish assembly, and mounting hardware to Mammoth Lakes, California. The system was reinstalled at the Mammoth Lakes water treatment plant and communications successfully reestablished with the hub via the satellite on 14 April 2000. The system has been in continuous operation since then. This report reviews the performance of the Libra system for the three-month period 20 April 2000 through 20 July 2000. The purpose of the report is to assess whether the system passed the acceptance tests described in Appendix A. We examine all data gaps reported by NCSN "gap list" software and discuss their cause.

First posted August 24, 2000

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Suggested citation:

Oppenheimer, David H., 2000, Three-Month Performance Evaluation of the Nanometrics, Inc., Libra Satellite Seismograph System in the Northern California Seismic Network: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-330, 12 pp., https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2000/0330/.



Contents

Background

System configuration and effect on data loss

Observations

Discussion

Conclusion

Acknowledgements


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