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UAVSAR – Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The L-band radar is being installed on the JSC G-III this week in preparation for the SnowEx campaign.  Engineering/Rosamond Corner Reflector Array calibration flight is scheduled for Wednesday (1/13) and science flights will begin this Friday from Palmdale, CA en route to Houston, TX.  The SnowEx campaign will consist of weekly observations of snow accumulation over field sites in the Rockies with different terrain and snow types through mid-March, where each observation consists of a ~9 hour flight based out of Houston, TX with a refuel stop in Idaho.  In all there are 7 sites in 3 states: Little Cottonwood in Utah, Cameron Pass, Craser, Senator Beck, and Grand Mesa in Colorado, and Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) in Montana.  The imaging swaths are shown in the attached graphic.