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-**Mission Control Center ​Software**+====== ​Mission Control Center ​======
-{{ ru:​gc_interface.jpg?​direct&​300|}} +**MCC Software**
-The Mission Control Center (MCC) software operates on a "​ground"​ computer and provides the necessary functionality for receiving and displaying data from the satellite - both telemetry on the operation of the on-board systems and payload data. To work with the program, it is necessary to assemble a “ground” segment for the network from the standard blocks (included in the construction set). The segment is assembled similarly to the satellite'​s on-board network and is connected directly to the user's computer with a USB cable. In the "​ground"​ network, there is a HF receiver and a ground VHF receiver.+
-As you can see in the screenshot, ​in the upper left section of the MCC software interface there is a selection of available ports for connectionAfter connecting ​the USB cable and updating this window, ​the **USB-SERIAL CH340** port should appear in the drop-down list. Then you need to set the connection with the "​connect"​ button ​and the system will be ready for useA driver mismatch may cause the port name to be different. In this case, it is easy to check if it is the port you need by checking its presence on the list. After disconnecting ​the USB cable and pressing **Refresh**,​ it should disappear from the list. After connecting to USB and pressing **Refresh**,​ it will appear again. In that case, connect to this port, whatever it is called.+This section will acquaint ​you with the software used in the Mission Control Center (MCC). 
 +MCC operates on the “ground” computer ​and provides ​the requisite functionality for receiving and displaying data from the satellite – both telemetry data from orbiter systems ​and data from the payloadThe “ground-based” devices comprise a HF receiver and a VHF/UHF receiver connected ​to the computer via a USB-RS485 ​cable.
-The left text box is intended ​for displaying ​information ​coming ​from the satellite ​via the VHF radio channel (telemetry).+When the Terra space environment simulator complex ​is used, the computer is also connected to the Earth simulator (the globe) and a unit for controlling the Earth magnetic field simulator (the magnetic loop). 
 +**Installing MCC Software and USB-RS485 Cable Driver** 
 +Install the USB-RS485 cable driver 
 +  * Download the USB cable driver from the Drivers section of the Required software page; 
 +  * Open the downloaded archive;​ 
 +  * Launch SETUP.EXE and wait for a message confirming successful installation of the driver: 
 +  * Click OK; 
 +  * Close the driver installation window. 
 +Then proceed with installing MCC software: 
 +  * Download MCC software in the Mission Control Center (MCC) section of the Required software page; 
 +  * Unpack contents of the downloaded archive into C:\ (the root folder of disk C); 
 +  * Open the Ground_Control_(version) folder; 
 +  * Run GroundControl.exe. 
 +<note important>​ 
 +**//​Alternatively,​ the MCC software can be installed in any other folder. Important: the folder name must consist of Latin characters only without any special symbols (!#@ etc.) or spaces and should not begin with a digit.//​** 
 +**User Interface** 
 +Here is the MCC window. 
 +MCC has a single window with a set of fields: 
 +**Port selection**  
 +After the USB-RS485 cable from the construction set is connected to the computer, the drop-down list should display the USB-SERIAL CH340 port. 
 +This field is used when working with the Terra Laboratory Setup. The satellite orbiting Earth is shown as a dot. Dark fields represent VHF/UHF station coverage areas while red dots show HF signal receiver stations. 
 +**Receiving telemetry** 
 +The field below displays ​information ​that comes from the satellite ​over the VHF/UHF radio channel (telemetry)
 +**HF signal strength ** 
 +This field displays the level of the light signal received by the HF receiver from the HF transceiver. When the program is started it may flash green to illustrate its operation and then will go off gradually. 
 +**Camera views ** 
 +The SPUTNIX company logo in this field will be replaced by images received from the observation camera. For guidance on setting up the camera and receiving images, see the section titled Using the Earth Observation Camera.
-The right part of the interface displays the current level of the HF transmitter signal and the last information received from the on-board payload (a photo from the satellite, if available). 
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