The Armstrong C-20/G-III with UAVSAR flew up to Moffett Field, CA to support Ames Research Center’s open house, the first open house since 1997. The Ames Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House was attended by over 150,000 enthusiastic visitors. The Armstrong aircraft is one of six aircrafts on display and the only operational research aircraft. Seven people from UAVSAR (including flight crew and two radar representatives) were on hand to greet visitors for over 10 hours.
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NASA issued a press release (developed by JPL and Armstrong Public Information Offices) entitled, “NASA Research Aids response to Earthquake in California’s Napa Valley”, where it highlighted the use of UAVSAR repeat-pass interferometric data to reveal slips that occurred on multiple strands of the fault near the quake’s epicenter.
UAVSAR was deployed on Friday (8/29/14) to image the area around Napa, CA, following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 24, collecting 12 lines covering a broad area around the epicenter, extending east and south to capture impacts to the water conveyance infrastructure of the Sacramento Delta. This flight supported emergency response for levee and aqueduct damage assessment and rapid imaging of fault slip that occurred across the region.
UAVSAR resumed science flights last Thursday and conducted our quarterly observation for the Mexico earthquake studies. This week UAVSAR will be observing volcano activities at Yellowstone National Park and conducting a Sacramento Delta flight for levee monitoring and SMAP mission calibration/validation study.
We have successfully completed the three remaining San Andreas fault monitoring flights.
We successfully completed three local flights in the past week, imaging earthquake fault activities in the Salton Trough and Central California as well as subsidence in the Sacramento Delta region.
UAVSAR completed three local flights in the past week, imaging Hayward Fault, northern and central sections of the San Andreas Fault, and San Joaquin Valley for the SMAP mission. Six additional flights are scheduled before the 5-week maintenance period of the aircraft will begin on June 23
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.
The L-band SAR onboard the AFRC C-20 aircraft (NASA 502) has successfully completed the month-long deployment to New Orleans, Panama, Peru, and Chile. Both the aircraft; the L‑band SAR worked extremely well, and the weather was mostly favorable. We successfully completed 19 of the 20 planned science flights over 10 of 11 planned countries for 95.4 total hours; research topics included volcanic deformation, forest structure, soil moisture, glacier motion, and coastal subsidence. We were not able to acquire data in Ecuador because the diplomatic clearance was not provided in time.
UAVSAR is 3 weeks into its Central/South America deployment and has received diplomatic clearance from Argentina. UAVSAR conducted 5 flights imaging volcanoes, glaciers, and soil moisture calibration sites for SMAP. UAVSAR personnel have also been conducting education and outreach events in Chile and Peru