The Formula for getting Austin Ready for F1 includes Airborne ASPECT

Airborne ASPECT in the news:

The EPA’s Airborne ASPECT operations as described by KVUE news in Travis County, Texas:

Pilots will be flying an ASPECT aircraft. It’s a dual-propeller plane with “US EPA” written on both wings. The plane uses a scanner to collect air samples and test for chemicals, dirty bombs or improvised nuclear devices. The aircraft sends the data to emergency officials and first responders.

“Today is a baseline measurement of the air quality. They’ll be looking for any chemical or radiological qualities in the air,” said Block Wednesday.

The aircraft is commonly used when big events come to town. This is the first time it’s flown in Travis County, according to Block. The ASPECT has been used at the Superbowl, the World Series, the Olympics, the Columbia shuttle recovery and for hurricane damage.

 

Read More: KVUE News article

EPA ASPECT in Geospatial Today: Aiding Emergency Response

PictureEPA ASPECT 3hr, 6hr & 9hr Response Coverage with 1 aircraft

The EPA ASPECT program is highlighted in the June, 2012 edition of Geospatial Today.  In the article “Aiding National Response”, Paul Lewis describes the successful EPA ASPECT program.

According to the article, core requirements of the EPA ASPECT program included:

  • Cost-effective operation, maintenance and use of the aircraft
  • Affordable COTS sensor technology
  • Rapid dispatch/wheels up in under one hour after activation
  • Airborne data collection under cloud ceilings
  • Timely automated onboard data processing facilitating real or near-real-time chemical and radiological data analysis with low false alarm rates
  • High-resolution day/night ortho-rectified imagery
  • Data telemetry to and from the aircraft
  • All data, analysis products, and information must be geospatially registered
  • Seamless and direct integration of data and information to incident
    commanders: local, state, and federal joint operations centers

The EPA ASPECT program as established meets these core goals.

A fundamental need in an emergency is to have equipment and teams available who can react quickly.  They must arrive on the scene of the emergency rapidly, and provide an assessment to the on-scene commander.  This enables decision making.  Every emergency situation is different, and often quickly evolving.  The EPA ASPECT program gives the on-scene commander an information edge.

Building a National EPA ASPECT ProgramThe EPA ASPECT aircraft and program team are on call and operational today.  They are prepared to be wheels up within one hour of first call.  Expansion of this successful program to establish a national network of similar on-call, properly equipped aircraft will allow complete national coverage.  With this national coverage, the EPA ASPECT program will scale gracefully to be ready to respond.  With the correct number of aircraft and appropriate sensor systems the program can provide emergency response to any incident in under three hours.

In the article, the author relates specific examples in which data from the EPA ASPECT program has improved emergency response.

He concludes:

The ASPECT Program model compiled by Dr Thomas for controlling cost and maintaining a 24 hour a day 7 days a week operational capability is directly applicable and scalable to a national program.

Proven technology, in service and operational today, makes a persuasive case for expanding our national resources.  The EPA ASPECT program is a successful model for expanding to a national scale.


Geospatial TodayGeospatial Today is a focused magazine that maps the diverse applicability of and innovations in the geospatial sector.



EPA ASPECT in Geospatial Today: Aiding Emergency Response

The EPA ASPECT program is highlighted in the June, 2012 edition of Geospatial Today.  In the article “Aiding National Response”, Paul Lewis describes the successful EPA ASPECT program.

According to the article, core requirements of the EPA ASPECT program included:

  • Cost-effective operation, maintenance and use of the aircraft
  • Affordable COTS sensor technology
  • Rapid dispatch/wheels up in under one hour after activation
  • Airborne data collection under cloud ceilings
  • Timely automated onboard data processing facilitating real or near-real-time chemical and radiological data analysis with low false alarm rates
  • High-resolution day/night ortho-rectified imagery
  • Data telemetry to and from the aircraft
  • All data, analysis products, and information must be geospatially registered
  • Seamless and direct integration of data and information to incident
    commanders: local, state, and federal joint operations centers
EPA ASPECT Response coverage graphic map of the USA

EPA ASPECT 3hr, 6hr & 9hr Response Coverage with 1 aircraft

The EPA ASPECT program as established meets these core goals.

A fundamental need in an emergency is to have equipment and teams available who can react quickly.  They must arrive on the scene of the emergency rapidly, and provide an assessment to the on-scene commander.  This enables decision making.  Every emergency situation is different, and often quickly evolving.  The EPA ASPECT program gives the on-scene commander an information edge.

Building a National EPA ASPECT Program

The EPA ASPECT aircraft and program team are on call and operational today.  They are prepared to be wheels up within one hour of first call.  Expansion of this successful program to establish a national network of similar on-call, properly equipped aircraft will allow complete national coverage.  With this national coverage, the EPA ASPECT program will scale gracefully to be ready to respond.  With the correct number of aircraft and appropriate sensor systems the program can provide emergency response to any incident in under three hours.

In the article, the author relates specific examples in which data from the EPA ASPECT program has improved emergency response.

He concludes:

The ASPECT Program model compiled by Dr Thomas for controlling cost and maintaining a 24 hour a day 7 days a week operational capability is directly applicable and scalable to a national program.

Proven technology, in service and operational today, makes a persuasive case for expanding our national resources.  The EPA ASPECT program is a successful model for expanding to a national scale.

Geospatial Today

Geospatial Today is a focused magazine that maps the diverse applicability of and innovations in the geospatial sector.

Airborne ASPECT, Inc

Airborne ASPECT, Inc provides aircraft services to the EPA under the ASPECT program.

Airborne aspect assists epa at Iowa City Landfill fire

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The tire fire at the Iowa City Landfill has been burning for more than a week, and city officials plan to stoke the flames to put them out faster.

City contractors prepared to launch an operation Monday that will involve using construction equipment to stir the piles of tires so they burn faster, and then covering them with dirt to suppress the burning.

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See EPA on scene report here:
http://www.epaosc.org/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=7892

ASPECT Mission: Assist II

ASSIST II is a  Fourier Transform – Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)  sensor used as part of the Collaborative Atmosphere Measurement Program (CAMP).  CAMP is an effort sponsored by the US Government to scientifically gather verifiable data that will prove or disprove the theory of global warming.

Fourier transform spectroscopy is defined well on Wikipedia as a measurement technique whereby spectra are collected based on measurements of the coherence of a radiative source, using time-domain or space-domain measurements of the electromagnetic radiation or other type of radiation.

Operationally the ASSIST II  collects ground level water vapor and carbon dioxide data simultaneous with the ASPECT aircraft flying at 10k feet collecting mid-level data and a satellite overhead collecting high level data.  The two areas of operation are over the land and water of Lake Livingston and the land and water near Lamont, Oklahoma.

Data will be collected 4 times, summer, fall, winter and spring however the ASSIST II will collect continuously though out the 12 months.

To read more about EPA activities on Climate change please go to the EPA Climate Change site.

ASPECT Mission: Assist II

ASSIST II is a  Fourier Transform – Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)  sensor used as part of the Collaborative Atmosphere Measurement Program (CAMP).  CAMP is an effort sponsored by the US Government to scientifically gather verifiable data that will prove or disprove the theory of global warming.
Fourier transform spectroscopy is defined well on Wikipedia as a measurement technique whereby spectra are collected based on measurements of the coherence of a radiative source, using time-domain or space-domain measurements of the electromagnetic radiation or other type of radiation.
Operationally the ASSIST II  collects ground level water vapor and carbon dioxide data simultaneous with the ASPECT aircraft flying at 10k feet collecting mid-level data and a satellite overhead collecting high level data.  The two areas of operation are over the land and water of Lake Livingston and the land and water near Lamont, Oklahoma.
Data will be collected 4 times, summer, fall, winter and spring however the ASSIST II will collect continuously though out the 12 months.
To read more about EPA activities on Climate change please go to the EPA Climate Change site.

Airborne ASPECT, Inc.

Welcome to Airborne ASPECT, Inc.

  • Nation’s only 24/7 Airborne Chemical, Radiological, and Situational Awareness Remote Sensing Aircraft
  • Provides information to the first responder that is timely, useful, and compatible with numerous software applications
  • Multi-role responses (homeland security, emergency response,  and environmental characterization)
  • Provides infrared & photographic images with geospatial chemical and radiological information
  • ~128 Deployments since 2001
  • 5 Primary Sensors

  • Provide a readiness level on a 24/7 basis
  • Provide a simple, one phone call activation of the aircraft
  • Wheels up in under 1 hour from the time of activation
  • Once onsite and data is collected it takes about….~ 5 minutes to process and turn around data to first responders

Deployment Simplified:

  • Once on-scene collect chemical,  radiological, or situational data (imagery) using established collection procedures
  • Process all data within the aircraft using tested automated algorithms
  • Extract the near real time data from the aircraft using a broadband satellite system and rapidly QA/QC the data by a dedicated scientific reach back team
  • Provide the qualified data to the first responder enabling them to make informed decisions in minimal time

 

 

Aerial photography

 

  • 2.5 MPixel High Resolution Digital Camera
  • Automated Geo-Rectification/GIS Coded Images
  • Full Ortho-Rectification (Camera Model) Correction
  • Ability to Process in the Air-Approx 3 Minute Turn-Around
  • Compressed Transmission of Data Via SatCom
  • Fast Turn Around on Images – Approx 700 processed images per Hour

Product can be imported into:

  •  Google Earth,
  • ESRI
  • Generic Geospatial software package

Aerial Image Mosaic, Balloon Fiesta 2010

IR Image taken during the same mission: