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Using hosted payloads on iridium NEXT to provide global warning of volcanic ash
Author(s): Robert E. Erlandson; Michael A. Kelly; Charles A. Hibbitts; C. K. Kumar; Hugo Darlington; Lars Dyrud; Om P. Gupta
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Paper Abstract

The Iridium NEXT satellite constellation has designed space to accommodate hosted payloads that provided not only access to space but also allow the user to leverage Iridium's real time communication capability. This is ideal for small sensor payloads and mission areas that require real-time data. The detection of volcanic ash is one such application, meeting a critical need of warning aircraft on the location of volcanic ash. To this end, we have described a system concept that uses small lightweight sensors the fit within the Iridium NEXT hosted payload allocation and provide critical data needed to predict the location and movement of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8371, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, Disaster Response, and Environmental Monitoring II; and Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX, 837118 (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919505
Show Author Affiliations
Robert E. Erlandson, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Michael A. Kelly, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Hibbitts, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
C. K. Kumar, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Hugo Darlington, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Lars Dyrud, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Om P. Gupta, Iridium Communications Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8371:
Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, Disaster Response, and Environmental Monitoring II; and Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX
Sárka O. Southern; B. V. K. Vijaya Kumar; Salil Prabhakar; Arend H. J. Kolk; Kevin N. Montgomery; Arun A. Ross; Carl W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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