Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar

Earth Radar in Flight Earth Radar in Flight

The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar flies aboard a NASA Gulfstream III aircraft to examine land deformation on Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission Summary

The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar, or UAVSAR, is an imaging radar instrument that collects key measurements of Earth deformation. When flown over the same area multiple times, it can determine how land features have changed. So far, it has been put to work studying climate change in the Arctic and examining Earth deformation after major earthquakes and volcanoes.

The instrument is designed to fly aboard a NASA Gulfstream III aircraft and eventually on uninhabited aerial vehicles.


Acronym: UAVSAR
 
Type: Airborne/Ground
 
Status: Current
 
Launch Date: August 18, 2007
 
Launch Location: Edwards Air Force Base, California
 
Target: Earth
 
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