The L-band radar aboard the AFRC C-20A aircraft is on the ABoVE deployment in Fairbanks, AK to survey permafrost and boreal forest sites in Northern Canada and Alaska. So far we have flown 7 of the 8 planned science flights over sites in Northwest Territories of Canada and throughout Alaska including Bonanza Creek, Denali, Katmai, and Lake Clark National Parks, Yukon Delta, Seward Peninsula, and Delta Junction. On Wednesday, we will be imaging permafrost sites in North Slope, AK.
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Seven science flight lines en route to Yellowknife, Canada were successfully acquired despite a glitch to the radar transmitter during the first flight line. UAVSAR will fly a local flight on Wednesday in Northwest Territories, Canada (see flight plan entitled: Great Slave Lake) before transiting to Fairbanks, AK for the remainder of the deployment.
The L-band radar aboard the Armstrong C-20A aircraft has completed 3 flights during the SnowEx ground campaign period in February. The last flight on Saturday, February 25 was flown jointly with GLISTIN-A Ka-band radar aboard the JSC G-III aircraft. Last week we also acquired data over the Sacramento Delta for delta levee monitoring and Santa Rosa as well as central San Andreas Fault area for earthquake fault monitoring.
The GLISTIN-A Ka-band radar completed a successful mission to the Big Island of Hawaii to study topography change of Kilauea volcano on Thursday, February 16. The mission consisted of 3 flights on February 11, 12, and 15 to produce a base map of most of the island, and to obtain repeat observations in the areas of active lava flows from the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano.
The L-band radar completed its first two flights of the new year aboard the JSC G-III aircraft. Imaging of the Sacramento Delta levee area was performed on the first flight and the SnowEx study sites in Colorado on the second flight. SnowEx is a multi-year airborne snow campaign designed to collect multi-sensor aircraft data and ground truth measurements to enable algorithm development and inform the design of a future satellite mission.
The L-band radar was directed to support a SpaceX request to locate Falcon 9 debris in Florida. We surveyed the debris site near the launch pad in Cape Canaveral from 8 different look directions aboard the Armstrong G-III on September 22.
The L-band UAVSAR has been directed to support a Space X request to locate Falcon 9 debris in Florida. Following a successful engineering flight on September 20, the Armstrong G-III flew to the Cape on September 21. The L-band UAVSAR is taking airborne measurements in areas specified by Space X and will return to California on September 23.
We have completed preliminary processing of all the data takes acquired in Greenland back in March for the Oceans Melting Greenland mission.
Height map over Kangerlussauq Glacier
A NASA press release highlighting Dr.
The L-band radar aboard the Armstrong G-III/C-20A is back in service since March 23. We’ve been acquiring data in California, including the monthly Sacramento Delta levee monitoring, semi-annual San Andreas Fault monitoring, Baja California fault monitory, and landslide study in Slumgullion, Colorado. Besides additional local flights for crustal deformation studies, this week we will be conducting three flights over Tuolumne River Basin to study snow accumulation with repeat-pass L-band interferometry.