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Earth Science Division Highlights for week ending Feb. 7, 2007

NASA Ames' Team Briefs Governor's Office

V. Ambrosia (CSUMB/SGE), D. Sullivan, J. Brass (SGE) M. Fladeland, S. Hipskind (SG), B. Coffland (UCSC/SG), C. Frost and F. Enomoto (TI) traveled to Sacramento, Jan. 29, to meet with colleagues from the California Office of Emergency Services (CA-OES) to brief Chief Kim Zagaris of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Zagaris invited the team to discuss the use of the Altair Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) during the Esperanza fire in October 2006. Members of OES as well as staff from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California National Guard reviewed NASA's coverage of the fire that took the lives of five firefighters. Zagaris was impressed with the data from the UAS and how easily his staff used it in the incident command center. Zagaris would like to renew the agreement between the state of California and NASA ARC to partner with NASA in technology development and disaster management activities. A new draft collaboration document is being prepared. (POC: V. Ambrosia, 4-6565,


NASA and UARC support search for missing sailor

Jim Gray, a Microsoft research scientist, sailed from San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 28. He did not return as planned that night. On Friday, Feb. 2, NASA Ames and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) were able to change the mission of a scheduled ER-2 pilot proficiency flight to collect digital imagery of the search area off the coast of central California. The pilot flew long transects parallel to the coastline, imaging all surface vessels. The data was flown back to DFRC and delivered to Ames late that same afternoon. As soon as UARC personnel processed the data it was reformatted and transferred to Google for additional analysis. Throughout the afternoon, ARC personnel gave numerous interviews to reporters from radio, TV and print, including the Wall Street Journal , Information Week , San Francisco Chronicle , San Jose Mercury News and local TV channels KRON and KGO. Various national publications carried the story, as well. The imagery continues to be analyzed for any evidence of the 40-foot sailboat. (POC: J. Brass, 4-5232,

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