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

Friday, January 22, 2021

Friday’s long flight day over the Rockies covered 6 sites: Little Cottonwood in Utah, Cameron Pass, Fraser, and Senator Beck in Colorado, and Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) in Montana.  Both the aircraft’s PPA (platform precision autopilot) and the radar performed well and the aircraft landed at Ellington Field, TX with a fuel stop in Idaho.  The aircraft will be based out of Ellington Field to conduct the weekly SnowEx observations from now through mid-March.  Nominally the SnowEx observations will be conducted on Wednesdays, with Thursdays and Tuesdays as backup days.  The radar operator will be stationed in Houston for 3 weeks at a time to minimize commercial travel to/from Houston and Los Angeles.