Dr Mike Schwank who is looking for a PhD student that would like to work within the project: "Active/Passive Microwave Remote Sensing in Application to ”Vegetation & Soil” and “Snow & Soil” (MicroVegSnow) funded by the "Swiss National Science Foundation" (SNF). A summary of the project goals and approaches can be accessed from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pzck5lxwbxpyn7c/Summary_MicoVegSnow.pdf?dl=0 Applicants interested in this position please go to: https://apply.refline.ch/273855/0480/pub/1/index.html
Recently (12/2/2015) at 8:43 PST the SMAP radiometer was switched on while viewing deep space and before antenna deployment. The health check was fully satisfactory according to NASA GSFC which is very good news indeed. They are currently busy analysing the results but values look good.
This check can also be used to check the instrument calibration and it was thus decided to do two things on top of what is planned by the SMAP team.
The first one coordinated by François Cabot consisted in doing in a coordinated fashion a SMOS cold sky calibration.
The second one was done by Arnaud Mialon with help of François Cabot and François Lemaître and consisted in looking at the same solid angle as SMAP horn with Lewis using SMAP ephemeris. It was done yesterday with apparently success as well.
At 6:20 am (pacific time) this morning a Delta launch put successfully the SMAP mission (and several cubesats by the same token) into orbit.
Separation went smoothly as well as solar panels deployment (seen live on video!) Some pictures should be loaded here soon
So after more than five years in orbit SMOS has a new L Band radiometer companion to estimate also soil moisture.
SMAP will now undergo the commissioning phase the deployment of the antenna and after we should have soon even more soil moisture data to study and use. Lots of exciting science to do!
I believe we can warmly thank the project team, launch crew and operation team for an outstanding result
The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission will take place in 1 day!!!
SMAP is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 29 January at 6:20am (California time) so 15:20 on most of Europe at Vandenberg Air Force Base. There are links to follow the launch on NASA TV(www.nasa.gov)
Today from 9:30 (Still California time) yu can follow events on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2