Shuttle Imaging Radar - Geologic applicationsThe Space Shuttle, on its second flight (November 12, 1981), carried the first science and applications payload which provided an early demonstration of Shuttle's research capabilities. One of the experiments, the Shuttle Imaging Radar-A (SIR-A), had as a prime objective to evaluate the capability of spaceborne imaging radars as a tool for geologic exploration. The results of the experiment will help determine the value of using the combination of space radar and Landsat imagery for improved geologic analysis and mapping. Preliminary analysis of the Shuttle radar imagery with Seasat and Landsat imagery from similar areas provides evidence that spaceborne radars can significantly complement Landsat interpretation, and vastly improve geologic reconnaissance mapping in those areas of the world that are relatively unmapped because of perpetual cloud cover.
Macdonald, H. (Arkansas Univ. Fayetteville, AR, United States)
Bridges, L. (Arkansas Univ. Fayetteville, AR, United States)
Waite, W. (Arkansas Univ. Fayetteville, AR, United States)
Kaupp, V. (Arkansas, University Fayetteville, AR, United States)