KTVU did a story about the February deployment of ASO. We had just finished collecting data in the Olympic Peninsula and then were flying the Tuolumne region out of Mammoth Lakes CA. That video is linked below:
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To date NASA AVIRIS-NG imaging spectroscopy measurements have been acquired for 51 of 57 planned sites (>280 flight lines). Water quality imaging spectrometer measurements of the Ganges (site 44) were acquired on the February 23. AVIRIS-NG with the aircraft is currently collecting data for a mangrove ecosystem site near Kolkatta.
AVIRIS-NG began flying science targets in India on the December 17, 2015. Sites collected have science objectives spanning: coastal zone; mangrove forests; Asian soils; Asian forests; hydrocarbon alteration; mineralogy; agriculture; urban; and calibration/validation. Science data acquisition flights are expected to continue through early March.
The ORCAS campaign has concluded, with 12 research flights in total (~98 flight hours).
UAVSAR/NASA502 had successfully completed four flights in Gabon on February 25, 27, 28 and March 1 respectively. So far we have acquired excellent data over every site we have planned, including the German Space Agency (DLR) Cal/Val sites in Mondah and Rabi, Lope National Park, the Ogooue River Basin and mangroves for both hydrology and terrestrial ecology study, and the Pongara hydrology study site near Libreville. Here is a NASA press release of our deployment to measure forests to Gabon:
Quick look image of the mangroves in Pongara National Park flown on February 28 (sortie 2) where we acquired 5 flight lines at slightly different altitudes for TomoSAR study. This uncalibrated image was generated by UAVSAR team in Libreville on a laptop computer and it covers ~20 km cross track and ~120 km along track. The polarimetric composite is made up of HH (red), HV (green), and VV (blue) polarization channels. As expected, there are lots of forest inundation in the mangroves, which show up as reddish pink color in the polarimetric composite image.
The ASO team successfully completed the survey in Olympic Peninsula, WA, flew a few lines over transit targets in OR, and a full acquisition in Tuolumne Basin, CA. This wrapped up the first pre-season campaign.
To date there have been nine research flights totaling 68 flight hours (30 remaining flight hours). Two research flights occurred last week on February 8 and 12 for a Western and Eastern Survey.
AVIRIS Classic had another flight over the Aliso Canyon to measure the methane leak on the ER2.
AVIRIS NG continues the successful campaign in India. Data has been collected in the Ahemdabad region. The JPL team continues to work with ISRO on data transfer to JPL.
To date there have been seven research flights totaling 52 flight hours (46 remaining flight hours). Two research flights occurred last week on January 30 and February 5 covering the Patagonian Shelf and a Western Survey. Data is being processed at JPL, with the initial results looking promising.
AVIRIS-Classic flew multiple missions over the Aliso Canyon Methane leak in the San Fernando Valley. The flight was on the NASA ER-2, and was coordinated with HyTES on a Twin Otter and a Mooney In-situ measurement aircraft.