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USGS National Test Ranges

By • Jan 22nd, 2012 • Category: Aerial, Highlights, Satellite
Area mapped by USGS

Figure 1: Areas mapped by the USGS MESC
(from http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/)

The Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project provided support last week to researchers from the USGS Biological Resources Division (BRD) and the DOI Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS office in Bloomington, MN operates an aircraft with an Applanix Digital Sensor System (DSS) aerial camera for use in routine mapping efforts, including support to the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center (UMESC) in La Crosse, WI. In order to provide the mapping accuracy needed for research data collection, an aerial boresight range is required to calibrate the DSS and other systems aboard the aircraft. The RST Project has five National Test Ranges that can be used for boresight and system characterization, and monitors several ranges across the US. After discussion with FWD biologist and pilot Brian Lubinski and USGS BRD cartographer Larry Robinson, it was determined that the USGS test range in Rolla, MO would be most convenient for their mapping flights in southern Illinois and Indiana. RST project staff provided explanations, advice, range boundaries and control points to these fellow researchers and will stand by to provide further assistance as needed.

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