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UAVSAR (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

UAVSAR completed three L-band flights, two of which were part of the San Andreas Fault monitoring series (Santa Rosa area, area south of Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara), and the third for Slumgullion landslide monitoring during the snowmelt season. This week the aircraft is out of commission for a few days to address an engine issue. The radar team is also conducting RF ground testing to characterize the RF emission of the radar for the purpose of submitting the NTIA stage 4 spectrum license application (permanent radio frequency transmission license).

The team successfully ported the operational processor to Ames' Pleiades supercomputer after a couple months of troubleshooting the compiler compatibility and multiple test runs. This activity was necessary as Ames shut down the Columbia supercomputer, which UAVSAR had been using for the past three years.