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Code SG Highlights Feb. 1, 2017

Field Mission Status:

  1. ATom2 has begun.

NASA DC8 arrived in Anchorage, AK

The Earth Venture Suborbital 2 (EVS-2) Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) second deployment of a series of four is under way with the first stop in Anchorage, AK. Dave Jordan of the Earth Science Project (ESPO) is the ATom Project Manager with many ESPO members serving as site manager at various locations in the deployment route.

Dave Jordan in Anchorage, AK, the Azores, and Palmdale, CA.

Erin Czech (Deputy Project Manager) in Palmdale, CA, Kona, Hawaii, Ascension Island, and the Azores.

Marilyn Vasques in Fiji.

Vidal Salazar in Anchorage, AK.

Jhony Zavaleta in Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Meteorological Measurement System (MMS) led by Paul Bui and his team is part of the DC-8 instrument payload.

ATom will study the impact of human-produced air pollution on greenhouse gases and on chemically reactive gases in the atmosphere.

View ATom Mission Website

  1. Jim Podolske coordinated with an ATom test flight to perform a profile over the Total Carbon Column Network (TCCON) site in Armstrong Flight Research Center. The inter-comparison with the DC-8 instrument payload will enhance the TCCON measurements used to validate NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2).


  1. The Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) conducted two science flights recently with Flt 205 on Jan. 27, 2017 to under fly the NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) and Flt 206 on Jan. 31, 2017 to do a survey of the Sacramento metropolitan area for pollution emissions during the winter.

Key Meetings/Events/Conferences and Attendees (Provide a list of upcoming key meetings or events, provide the purpose, names of high-profile attendees expected, and meeting location):

  • NASA and the USGS will be hosting a Federal UAS Workshop 28-29-30 March, to be held in Bldg. 3 conference center. Scientists, engineers, unmanned aviation operations and management from across the US government will be in attendance.

View UAS Workshop Website


High Level Visits (congressional and/or staff visits, International visits, Interagency Agreements, International Agreements):

  • CDR William Robberson from the EPA region 9 office and his staff will be visiting ARC on February 9th, to meet with SG personnel to discuss areas of collaboration with NASA and the USGS in water sampling and water quality. At 11AM CDR

    Robberson will give a seminar entitled “Identification and Quantification of Microplastics and their Impacts on the Environment” in Bldg. N245 room 141.

New Publications:

  • Robert Dahlgren is presenting at SPIE’s Photonics West conference at Moscone Center on February 1st. The title of the talk is “3D Scanning and Printing of Airfoils for Modular UAS.”


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