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aircraft versus spacecraft for remote monitoring of water quality in u.s. coastal zonesTo provide guidance for conducting future water monitoring missions over U.S. coasts, aircraft and spacecraft approaches were defined and quantitatively compared. Sensors, aircraft and spacecraft were selected from current or developmental types for the hardware concepts and monitoring was assumed to begin in 1981-1983. Comparative data are presented on capabilities and costs to monitor both recognized pollution sites and broad shelf areas. For these mission requirements, a large fleet of light aircraft provided better coverage and at lower costs generally than one spacecraft, assuming a single, multi-spectral sensor on each platform. This result could change, however, should additional useful sensors with low cost penalties be found for the spacecraft.
Document ID
19780033667
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Darnell, W. L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, Va., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Subject Category
ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION
Meeting Information
Southeast Region 3 Conference(Williamsburg, VA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other