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UAVSAR – Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar – Facility Instrument Suite

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

We have successfully completed the ISRO L/S-band Airborne SAR (ASAR) Alaska deployment aboard the AFRC C-20A jet.  Thanks to the outstanding flight planning by the JPL and AFRC UAVSAR team and the excellent flight crew support, we were able to conduct 7 flights in 8 days and successfully acquired all but one flight line due to a minor recording issue.  We have now concluded phase 1 science campaign in the US, acquiring L and S-band radar data over glaciers, sea ice, lava flow, landslides, volcanoes, and terrestrial ecology sites, giving ISRO NISAR science team as well as the NASA ASAR science team the data they have requested for algorithm calibration/validation in preparation for the NISAR mission.