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Project Background and Goals

There has always been significant interest at UAF and in the State of Alaska  in testing  the benefit of low-cost, UAS-ready airborne SAR systems for a range of Alaska’s geoscience and hazard applications. Through a NASA EPSCoR grant entitled “Quantifying Fuel Impacts on Wildfire Behavior and Emissions by Coupling Small Unmanned Aircraft In-situ Measurements with Satellites Observations,”  we now have the opportunity to bring one of the market-leading UAV-ready airborne SAR systems up to Fairbanks for a two month period. The flexibility of the system will allow us to test its applicability to a wide range of Alaskan communities and the Alaskan industry as a means to quickly survey and respond to natural and anthropogenic disasters.

Sensor Information


  • L-band version of the SlimSAR system, produced and marketed by the company ARTEMIS
  • Multi-frequency, multi-polarization
  • High resolution
  • Small-scale and light weight
  • Easy to deploy
  • Supports various InSAR/polarimetric modes

Our Team

Management team:

Franz Meyer UAF/ GI  Project PI, Lead of Radar and Flight planning team  
Scott Arko UAF/ ASF Lead of data processing and product generation
Dayne Broderson UAF/GINA Data distribution
Jeremy Nicoll UAF/ ASF Quality control 
Eyal Saiet UAF/ ACUASI Mission coordination
Michael Hatfield UAF/ ACUASI Planning support

Pilot and Aircraft:

Chris Larsen UAF/GI Pilot
Cesna 180   Aircraft

Support team members:

David McAlpin UAF/GI  Mission supplement  support
Charley Slater UAF/ASF Quality control support
Wenyu Gong UAF/GI Website development