The next generation Airborne Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer completed the Dynamic Aviation King Air Campaign. The campaign was successful with flights for the California Methane Survey, California Delta Survey, Coastal Louisiana RTD Effort, Forest Canopy Study in the upper Mid-West, and AVIRIS-NG Calibration and Validation flights.
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The CORAL Australian Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Portable Remote Imaging SpectroMeter (PRISM) flight data collection campaign is now complete. All areas were covered, albeit some with weather conditions better than others. The Tempus Gulfstream-IV/PRISM team flew ~56 science hours, imaged over 100 flight lines, and performed a dozen ground health checks during the past six weeks in Australia. By rough calculations, we imaged over 30,000 square kilometers of reefs, and open ocean, at ~8 meter/pixel resolution. This results in over 500,000,000 oversampled pixels, each of which has 240 spectral bands to evaluate.
The ASO team is deployed for the Mississippi Delta campaign. They have flown 2 of 3 expected surveys and flew the final survey on Tuesday, October 18.
The next generation Airborne and Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS-NG) is collecting data along the Gulf Coast. There have been several successful collections to date, imaging during both low and high tide events.
For five weeks, clouds and high winds have prevented the CORAL project from venturing into the Torres Strait and northeast Great Barrier Reef (GBR) regions. However, on Wednesday, October 12, the clouds cleared to a remarkable degree, allowing the CORAL flight team to image one of three regions in and around the Torres Strait. The skies continued to be reasonably clear over the following days, allowing the flight team to image the remaining two northeast GBR regions.
Airborne eXpendable Conductvity, Temperature and Depth (AXCTD) Science Element: Last week, OMG’s AXCTD mission continued flight operations from Keflavík, Iceland.
The ASO successfully completed the SnowEx baseline flights in Colorado.
The next generation Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS-Ng) deployed last week to KSC for flights over the Spacex Falcon 9 debris location. Upon completion of the flights in Florida, the aircraft returned to Burbank to resume the California Methane Survey.
Airborne eXpendable Conductivity Temperature and Depth (AXCTD) Science Element: Last week, OMG’s AXCTD mission continued flight operations from Thule, Greenland. OMG dropped over 40 AXCTDS south of Thule. On September 19, OMG departed Thule and flew to Keflavík, Iceland. On the way, OMG dropped 8 AXCTDs.
Last week, OMG AXCTD flew 18 hours, and dropped over 50 AXCTD probes in OMG’s North West and South East Science areas.
Bathymetry element: Terasond (OMG Bathymetry contractor) surveyed over 600 nautical miles of Greenland’s South Eastern science area last week.
Since September 27, the P-3 returned to Wallops and the ER-2 flew from Namibia to Brazil on September 29 and from Brazil to Warner Robins (Georgia) on October 3. It will continue its transit back to Armstrong on October 7. The P-3 and the ER-2 were acquiring science data on the transit legs. AirMSPI acquired images across the entire Atlantic, including the overflight of two Aeronet stations on Ascension Island.