635889main_FS-089_G-III-UAVSAR.pdf - Gulfstream-III Environmental Science Research Aircraft The UAVSAR underbelly pod is mounted on NASA's G-III

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Gulfstream-III Environmental Science Research Aircraft Project Summary NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center oper- ates a modified Gulfstream III (G-III) business jet as an environmental science research aircraft for a variety of geophysical research missions. The aircraft has been extensively modified and instrumented for the role, including installation of a sophisticated synthetic aperture radar in an underbelly pod, a self-contained on-board Data Collection and Processing System (DCAPS) and a precision autopilot that enables the air- craft to fly repeat passes over a target within 15 feet of the original flight path. The twin-turbofan aircraft provides long-term capability for efficiently conducting airborne environmental science missions for NASA, other government agencies, academia, and private industry. UAVSAR The Unmanned Air Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) is sophisticated synthetic aperture radar system developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Developed initially for carriage by remotely operated unmanned aircraft, the UAVSAR is mounted on the G-III in a specially designed pod that will be interoperable with unmanned aircraft in the future. The UAVSAR uses a technique called inter- ferometry to detect and measure very subtle deformations in Earth's surface. The sensor is designed to gather data for geological studies
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