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HAMSR during SHOUT 2016
September 9, 2016

The High-Altitude MMIC Sounding Radiometer is an airborne microwave sounder

  • 25 channels around 50, 118 and 183 GHz
  • Provides information about temperature, water vapor and rain
  • Cross scanning with a scan angle of + 60o
  • Successfully flown in several campaigns (HS3, SHOUT, CalWater)
  • PI: B. Lambrigtsen
HyTES Completes First Science Flights
June 14, 2013

Thermal Infrared (TIR) imaging spectrometer acquiring data between 7.5 mm and 12.0 mm

  • First NASA TIR instrument that provides high spatial and spectral resolution data with a wide image swath
  • Data will be used to determine the optimum band positions for the spaceborne Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) as well as provide antecedent data for science studies
  • First science data collected in corridor between Grand Junction, CO and Burbank, CA. Sites included geological and ecological targets as well as areas of gas emissions.
  • Funded and managed by NASA Earth Science
  • PI: Simon J. Hook (JPL)
Dragon Eye Deployment to Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica in Support of ASTER SO2 Data Product Validation
June 14, 2013
  • The RQ-14 Dragon Eye sUAVs were recently acquired by Ames from the U.S. Marine Corps via GSA to support this mission—good example of civilian repurposing of military hardware
  • Flights occurred from March 10-13, 2013
  • 5 science flights with SO2 sensor and 1 science flight with thermal camera (7-12µm band)
  • SO2 concentrations of ~6-20 ppm were detected throughout the day
  • Collected measurements in the volcano plume coincident with an ASTER overpass
  • Expanded flight envelope up to 12,500 ft ASL from 8,000 ft ASL published operational ceiling
  • Next deployment in 2014 will include the ARC SIERRA UAV carrying a mass spectrometer and other instruments + Dragon Eye
  • Funded by NASA Earth Surface & Interior Focus Area (John Labrecque) and the University of Costa Rica  (Prof. Jorge Andres Diaz, Co-I)
  • US Flight Team from JPL, ARC, WFF
  • Other participants/advisors
    - Applied Sciences University Düsseldorf (Germany)
    - RadMet LLC (Redwood City, CA)
    - Teledaq LLC (Santa Clarita, CA)
    - Aerovironment, Inc. (Monrovia, CA)
  • Principal Investigator: David C. Pieri (JPL)
Alaska-Canada Joint Snow Remote Sensing Campaign
April 1, 2013
  • Overview: Two Arctic snow campaigns completed - April 2013
    - NASA augments the investigation by funding and arranging for the additional cross-calibration flights
    - One to use airborne LiDAR to map tundra snow in northern Alaska (Toolik Lake)
    - One to test the SnowSAR at Inuvik, NWT, Canada
  • Science Impetus: By bringing the airborne LiDAR to Inuvik, then bringing the SnowSAR to Alaska, we were able to:
    - Greatly increase the range of snow conditions over which the research is done
    - Substantially increase the size of the ground crews and therefore our ability to produce validation data
    - The leveraging factor resulting from combining the two campaigns is on the order of 3 or 4 to 1
  • Airborne Instruments and Platforms
    - University of Alaska – LiDAR on DHC-3
    - Environment Canada – SnowSAR on Cessna C208B
  • Involved Organizations
    - UA-Fairbanks, Environment Canada, CRREL, NASA, ESA, JPL, NSIDC
  • Principal Investigators
    - Matthew Sturm (UAF), Chris Larsen (UAF), Chris Derksen (Environment Canada), Simon Yueh (JPL)
  • NASA Sponsor: Jared Entin (HQ)
GLISTIN-A Engineering Flights Completed
March 5, 2013
  • The upgraded airborne Glacier and Ice Surface Topography Interferometer (GLISTIN-A) flew initial (8/6/12 and 8/13/12) and final (1/17/13 and 2/26/13) checkout flights on a DFRC G-III (C-20).
    - Initial assessments of the Ka-band single pass interferometer show system performance consistent with predictions
    - 2013 GLISTIN-A engineering flights occurred with upgraded power and configuration that will be flown on the GH
  • Leveraging the UAVSAR initiative, accommodation of GLISTIN on the Global Hawk (GH) is underway (GLISTIN-H)
    - Range flights are scheduled for November 2013
  • Principal Investigator:  Delwyn Moller (Remote Sensing Solutions)