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UAVSAR – Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The L-band radar onboard the NASA 502 aircraft is conducting 2-3 local flights per week through June 20, when the aircraft will enter its 6-week maintenance period. We are acquiring data over the San Andreas Fault in Central California (PI: Zhen Liu) as well as Baja California, Mexico (PI: Eric Fielding). The processing team has begun producing browse Repeat Pass Interferometric (RPI) products for the Central/South America deployment and has released 73 pairs of data products, about half of the total number of flight lines acquired.  This is an impressive turnaround considering most of the raw radar data were returned to JPL less than 2 weeks ago. PIs can now begin to submit refined RPI processing requests online.

While the UAVSAR team was in New Orleans, they were interviewed April 9 by CBS This Morning about a science flight over the Gulf Coast for a story entitled, "Inside NASA's high-tech strategy to predict sinkholes", as seen here

This news segment highlighted the research performed by UAVSAR PIs Cathleen Jones and Ron Blom on detecting surface deformation prior to the sinkhole formation with RPI data from UAVSAR .