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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Young scientists working hands on the UAS

In support of post-launch product (L1b & L2+) validation efforts of space-based environmental satellites an advanced capability development effort, funded by the GOES-R Program, was initiated, “near surface UAS feasibility demonstration study.” The study focused to develop prototype UAS (a small rotary and a fixed-wing UAS) and payloads to assess the feasibility of collection of near surface reference measurements for ABI post-launch validation in partnership with GOES-R Program, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, NOAA UAS Program Office, and University of Maryland (UMD).

Latest News:
Operational performance testing is planned in Bushwood, MD on January 10,
2017. This test will be followed by a U.S. southwest desert deployment in February 2017. Following these tests the GOES-R field campaign validation
teams will be preparing for operational validation flights in the spring of 2017.

Collection Date Purpose
Platform
Data
(Individual Imagery, Mosaic Products,
& Google Earth Tiles)
UMD Test Site
Bushwood, MD
August
3, 2016
Performance
Testing
Fixed-Wing
UAS
NOAA_nadir_UMD_Test_Site_mosaic.zip
NOAA_nadir_UMD_Test_Site_dsm.zip
nadir_images.zip
Google_Tiles.zip
NOAA NERR Site
Jug bay, MD
August
8, 2016
Performance
Testing
Fixed-Wing
UAS
oblique_images.zip
NOAA_nadir_NERR_Jug_Bay_MD_mosaic.zip
NOAA_nadir_NERR_Jug_Bay_MD_dsm.zip
google_tiles
nadir_images.zip