First phase of joint NASA ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) SAR is approved by NASA

pia18137-640(Seasat synthetic aperture radar image of Cape Cod from Aug. 27, 1978, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Alaska Satellite Facility)

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, NASA approved the first phase A funding for the joint US/India SAR mission called NISAR, which will fly in about 2019. Phase A is when NASA fully commits to the mission and all funds are identified and put on the books. Costs will be shared jointly between the two countries. The last US civilian SAR satellite mission was the SeaSat SAR from 35 years ago, where the above image is from this mission. As soon as a website for NISAR becomes available, I will post it. My thanks to Ben Holt and Paul Rosen of JPL for this information.

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About Seelye Martin

Seelye Martin received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Johns Hopkins University in 1967 then spent two years as a research associate in the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1969 he took up a position in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Beginning in 1987, he taught courses on remote sensing of the oceans. Professor Martin has been involved with passive microwave, visible/infrared and radar ice research since 1979, and has served on a number of NASA and NOAA committees and panels involving remote sensing and high latitude processes. He has made many trips to the Arctic for research on sea ice properties and oceanography. From 2006-2008, he worked at NASA Headquarters as Program Manager for the Cryosphere, where he also served as program scientist for the ICESat-1 and ICESat-2 missions. After leaving Headquarters, from 2009 -2012, he worked in a variety of roles for the NASA high-latitude IceBridge remote sensing aircraft program. For this work, in 2012 he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.
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