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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas.
Bottom) motorised GPR survey with the 16-channel MALA Imaging Radar Array at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Birka-Hovgarden.
While mini- SAR, the first imaging radar flown to the moon, will look specifically for water- ice in the lunar poles, an Indian instrument called High Energy X- ray Spectrometer will test a concept based on which scientists speculate there could be water there.
With its fleet of aircraft, the organization collects aerial photography, uses an airborne laser system (lidar) and imaging radar (GeoSAR) to produce 3D terrain models, and develops or deploys other remote sensing technologies to detect thermal and multispectral information about the earth's surface.
In his 30-year career at JPL, Elachi played the lead role in developing the field of space-borne imaging radar from a small research area to a major field of scientific research and application.
This new ground-penetrating imaging radar (GPR) can detect and differentiate buried metallic and non-metallic objects in three dimensions.
Automatic position calculating imaging radar with low-cost synthetic aperture sensor for imaging layered media, US Patent 5796363, 1998.
NASA and the European Space Agency hope to get a much closer look with the imaging radar of the planned Cassini mission, to be launched in 1995 to radar-map Saturn and Titan in 2002.