The Future of Space-Based Millimeter-Wave Radiometry

This is a video of a panel discussion at Northrop Grumman Azusa Facility on May 4, 2017. Panelist’s were: Dr. Chris Ruf, Dr. Shannon Brown, and Mr. Jeff Hawkins.

Since the 1960’s, large space-based passive millimeter-wave radiometers (MMWR) built by the US provided support of earth monitoring missions for both NOAA and the DOD, as well as planetary missions for NASA. The future of large aperture sensors deployed in the US is uncertain. As communication technology advances into this undeveloped band of spectrum, NASA deploys systems designed to use some of these very sources of interference, e.g. CYGNSS. This and other trends in instrumentation affecting the exploitation of space-based MMWR are to be discussed briefly by each panel member, followed by a moderated audience participation directed to the panel members:

Dr. Chris Ruf,
Professor of Atmospheric Science and Electrical Engineering at the
University of Michigan and IEEE GRSS Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Shannon Brown,
Senior Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA

Mr. Jeff Hawkins,
Independent Contractor at Northrop Grumman and retired
Meteorologist and Oceanographer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA

Build your own Synthetic Aperture Radar

Published on Nov 2, 2013
Presented by Michael Scarito in 2013
link to youtube video

Come learn how to build a radar imaging system on the cheap! This talk will explain the basics of how radar works as well as how to measure range and velocity of your chosen targets. You will learn how to use synthetic aperture techniques to generate a two- or even three-dimensional image. The hardware and software design will be totally opened up so you can go home and build your own system.

The talk will try to run through the basics pretty fast, so some knowledge of electronics or basic physics might help, but is not required! Regardless of your background, you will see the capabilities of a modern home-built radar system and hopefully get some ideas for your own uses.

Michael Scarito is a multidisciplinary hacker masquerading as an electrical engineer. Interests include physical and cyber security, surveillance systems, innovative uses for radio frequency electronics, and projects which incorporate all of the above.

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Remote Sensing Tutorial offered by NASA

This Remote Sensing Tutorial will help you understand what is measured by sensors on spacecraft looking toward the Earth and at other planets, other galaxies and, going back in time, the cosmos.