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Earth Science Division Highlights for week ending December 6, 2006.

ASTL highlights

The Airborne Science and Technology Lab (ASTL) reports that the WB-57 WAVE sensor system was deployed to Patrick AFB on Monday, Dec. 4, to image the night launch of STS-116 on Thursday. Recent modifications to the system have resulted in better image stability and focus. Two UARC engineers are deployed with the aircraft. (POV: Jeff Myers, 4-3598)

Airborne Science Office highlights

On Dec. 1, the Earth Science Division (Code SG) hosted Brent Cobleigh, Project Manager for the Ikhana (Predator-B) unmanned aerial system (UAS), and his staff for a briefing on this new flight project at DFRC. Their team provided an overview of the current schedule, planned capabilities of the aircraft, and their understanding of science requirements. ARC scientists shared with them a number of planned missions and mission concepts that might be appropriate for this UAS. There was also discussion on the use of Ikhana for the Western States Fire Mission that will fly in the summer of 2007.

The Airborne Science Office participated in a DFRC meeting via videocon with staff from the FAA UAS Program Office to discuss the new process for securing Certificates of Authorization for flying UASs in the National Airspace. In addition to providing information about ARC's unmanned aircraft, SIERRA, Ames personnel presented an overview of science requirements and mission concepts for missions that require UASs. Discussions also focused on what will be needed to ensure safe access to the national air space during the upcoming Western States fire mission in 2007. (POC: Matt Fladeland, 4-3325)

Sea Ice and Walrus Study to be Presented at AGU

An oral presentation will be given by students who participated in this summer's ARC DEVELOP Program at the upcoming American Geophysical Union meetings in San Francisco, scheduled for Dec. 11-15. The invited presentation will be given in a special session moderated by Donald Attwood, University of Alaska, Fairbanks and will be on the subject of synthetic aperture radar applications in polar studies. The DEVELOP talk will detail the work of the DEVELOP interns in correlating sea ice formations and Pacific walrus populations in the Bering and Chukchi Seas off the west coast of Alaska.

Dr. Jay Skiles (SGE) and Cindy Schmidt (SJSU/SGE), mentors for the ARC DEVELOP Program, worked with the ARC and NASA HQ Public Affairs Offices in preparing the SAR/walrus web site and media tip sheet. (See a draft of the web site featuring the ARC DEVELOP story at: ).

DEVELOP is a NASA Internship Program promoting GIS and remote sensing use in community, government and tribal organizations. DEVELOP is funded through the Applied Science Program of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. (POC: Jay Skiles, 4-3614)

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