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UAVSAR – Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar Facility Instrument Suite

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The L-band radar aboard the AFRC G-III aircraft flew over the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California on 15 November as part of the NASA response to the fires.  The flight was at night to stay out of the way of firefighting aircraft in the area.  We also carried a FLIR thermal camera (7.5-13.5 um) supplied by the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section of JPL.   Andrea Donnellan (JPL) has been developing a camera mount system to co-collect optical imagery with SAR data.  We plan to use the thermal camera imagery to attempt to match the active fire front with the SAR imagery.  We flew two existing flight lines that are part of a much larger study understanding regional tectonics (i.e. San Andreas fault) and landslides.  Data from this flight will also serve as a baseline post-fire land surface for studying the landslide and debris flow risks of areas where vegetation was removed by the wildfire.

A JPL press release of the NASA fire response effort can be found here: