PhD opening 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...

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SMOS and Lewis to help in SMAP calibration? 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...

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SMAP successfully launched today Hello 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...

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SMAP Launch -1! 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...

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I am Charlie This Blog is dedicated to SMOS related results and activities but after what happened yesterday in Paris I feel that I cannot let another day pass without expressing myself. It is my only window open to the outside world where I can express my sadness after this gloomy day. So this post is mine, it is personal and non professional. Nobody else can be held responsible for...

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PhD opening

Category : position opening

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

SMOS and Lewis to help in SMAP calibration?

Category : Data, ground measurements

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.

Sky_Feb11track of SMAP when imaging deep sky and point viewed by SMOS during its calibration sequence

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.

SMAP_LEWISSMAP ephemeris’s  with those of SMOS and Lewis « box »( F Cabot)

DSCN2153Lewis following SMAP (A. Mialon)

SMAP successfully launched today

Category : Commissioning phase, Data, Satellite

Hello

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

SMAP Launch -1!

Category : Data, Satellite

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

Stay tuned!