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A Next-Generation Ice Radar

Scientists can now probe polar ice sheets better than ever using synthetic-aperture radar

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A Next-Generation Ice Radar
Photo: Eric Rignot/JPL/NASA

It’s rare that an academic researcher gets to experience the life of a stunt pilot, but we found ourselves in more or less that position this past May, as we flew over the ice-covered fjords of southeast Greenland. It was exhilarating—and a little scary. We were riding in one of NASA’s research aircraft, a P-3 Orion turboprop, on which we had installed a special kind of radar for probing glacial ice. Although our equipment can work at higher altitudes, other science instruments needed to be flown low, over terrain so rugged that at times we came within a mere 30 meters of the ridges—near misses that our downward-looking radar measured for us while we peered out the window holding our breath.

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Medal of Honor Goes to Microsensor and Systems Pioneer

The UCLA professor developed aerospace and automotive safety systems

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UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

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