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