archiv~1.txt: SETI NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR ADVANCED RADAR TECHNOLOGY

SETI NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR ADVANCED RADAR TECHNOLOGY

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 16:51:49 -0500

>Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 14:50:12 -0500 (EST)
>From: NASANews@hq.nasa.gov
>Subject: NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR ADVANCED RADAR TECHNOLOGY
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>David Steitz
>Headquarters, Washington, DC March 11, 1999
>(Phone: 202/358-1730)
>
>Diane Ainsworth
>Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
>(Phone: 818/354-5011)
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>RELEASE: 99-40
>
>NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR ADVANCED RADAR TECHNOLOGY
>
> NASA is seeking proposals for a low-cost, advanced imaging
>radar technology that will reduce the cost and enhance the
>performance of Earth observing satellites -- opening new
>opportunities for the U.S. commercial remote-sensing industry.
>
> The Lightweight Synthetic Aperture mission, or "LightSAR," is
>part of NASA's long-term effort in the development and productive
>use of imaging radars. Past NASA radar missions, which have been
>short in duration, have established the potential of imaging radar
>to expand scientific knowledge of Earth and the planets.
>
> The satellite's capability to observe the Earth day and night
>in all weather is expected to result in numerous scientifically
>valuable and commercially lucrative applications. For example,
>LightSAR will have the unique capability to continuously monitor
>minute changes in the Earth's surface, down to the one-millimeter
>level, which will lead to improved understanding of natural
>hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.
>
> The satellite's advanced capabilities also will greatly help
>improve governments' emergency management efforts and may prove
>useful to industries involved in disaster recovery. Other
>applications of the satellite will include observing the movements
>and changing size of glaciers and ice floes as part of long-term
>Earth climate studies. Forest regrowth and global vegetation maps
>produced by LightSAR will support NASA's on-going studies of the
>Earth's environment.
>
> LightSAR's high-resolution imaging capability has significant
>commercial potential for mapping the Earth's surface,
>environmental surveillance, crop monitoring and land management,
>planning and development. One of the unique features of this NASA
>program will be to encourage proposers to share the costs of
>developing and deploying the satellite's capabilities in return
>for commercial rights to data.
>
> Proposals for mission development and operations using
>LightSAR are being sought from many organizations, including
>educational institutions, industry, nonprofit institutions, NASA
>field centers, federally funded research and development centers
>and other government agencies. The LightSAR announcement of
>opportunity is available via the Internet at URL:
>
> http://www.earth.nasa.gov/nra/current/
>
> Proposals must be submitted by May 10, 1999. A pre-proposal
>conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST March 18 at the
>Crystal City Sheraton Hotel, Arlington, VA. Further information
>about the LightSAR mission is available from Richard M. Monson,
>NASA's associate director for exploratory missions, at 202/358-
>3552, or via email to: oesresponse@hq.nasa.gov.
>
> NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, is managing
>the LightSAR project for NASA's Office of Earth Science,
>Washington, DC, which oversees a long-term, coordinated research
>enterprise designed to study Earth as a global environmental
>system.
>
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