SMAP Mission Chief EngineerDr. Mohamed Abid is the Deputy Flight System System Engineer (FSSE) Manager for the SMAP project. Dr. Abid is also the SMAP Mission Chief Engineer. Prior to his assignment on the SMAP project, he w... moreDr. Mohamed Abid is the Deputy Flight System System Engineer (FSSE) Manager for the SMAP project. Dr. Abid is also the SMAP Mission Chief Engineer. Prior to his assignment on the SMAP project, he was the FSSE lead for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission (WISE) that was successfully launched in December, 2009. Dr. Abid was the project System Engineer for the Ocean Surface Topography mission (OSTM) that was successfully launched in June, 2008. Dr. Abid received the NASA Honor Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on OSTM. Before joining JPL, he was Co-PI on the FIVE Project as part of space flight experiment, and an Associate Investigator / Test Conductor on the Structure of Flame Ball at Low Lewis number (SOFBALL) experiment which flew on Space Shuttle missions Columbia STS-83 (launched in April 1997), Columbia STS-94 (launched in May 1997) and Columbia STS-107 (launched in January 2003). Dr. Abid is a lecturer in the Astronautics department at the University of Southern California (USC), and the author of the textbook "Spacecraft Sensors", a John Wiley & Sons publication. Dr. Abid holds a BS in Physics, an MS from Ecole Doctorale de l'Ecole Polytechnique, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from USC. less
Flight System ManagerDr. Gun-Shing Chen is the Flight System Manager for the SMAP Project. He is responsible for the overall technical and managerial leadership for the design, development, fabrication, and integration... moreDr. Gun-Shing Chen is the Flight System Manager for the SMAP Project. He is responsible for the overall technical and managerial leadership for the design, development, fabrication, and integration and test of the SMAP spacecraft system. Gun-Shing received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan, in 1977 and the M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 1981. After receiving the Sc.D degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, he joined JPL Structures and Dynamics Research Group. Initially his primary interest was in developing active and passive vibration control for large space structures. Since then, he has broadened his interest and career in the multi-discipline system design for science payloads and flight projects, and has served leadership positions in line and project organizations, including Group Supervisor, Section Manager, Assistant Division Manager in the Mechanical System Division, Chief Engineer and Assistant Division Manager in the Instruments and Science Data Systems Division, Mechanical Project Element Manager (PEM) for the Deep Space-1/Miniature Imaging Camera and Spectrometer (MICAS) and EOS Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) Instrument Projects, Deputy Mechanical PEM for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) Project, Instrument Manager for the Active Mirror Telescope (AMT) Project, and Deputy Instrument Manager for the Space Interferometer Mission-Planet Quest (SIM-PQ) Project. Dr. Chen is a Principal in JPL since 1998, and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2004 and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2005. less
Instrument ManagerWendy Edelstein is the SMAP Instrument Manager. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the integrated SMAP Instrument including the Radar Electronics, the Radiometer Electronics, t... moreWendy Edelstein is the SMAP Instrument Manager. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the integrated SMAP Instrument including the Radar Electronics, the Radiometer Electronics, the shared Antenna Subsystem and the associated Mechanical and Thermal Subsystem. She has been a member of the JPL technical staff since 1988. Prior to SMAP, she was the Deputy Section Manager of the Radar Science & Engineering Section from 2004 to 2008 where she was involved in the planning, execution and implementation of a number of flight radar missions including Aquarius, Phoenix Landing Radar and the Mars Science Laboratory Terminal Descent Sensor. She was a group supervisor for the Advanced Radar Technology Group from 1998 to 2004 where she was active in defining the vision and roadmaps of NASA’s Earth Science radar missions and associated radar technology program. As a radar technologist from 1995 to 2006, her primary research interests included Transmit/Receive (T/R) modules, RF component miniaturization and lightweight antenna technologies. She spent her early career at JPL as an RF design engineer and I&T lead on the Shuttle Imaging Radar-C (SIR-C) project. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. Wendy is married and has 3 children which keeps her busy outside of work with school and extra-curricular activities. less
Project System EngineerShawn Goodman is currently the Project System Engineer (PSE) and Engineering Technical Authority (ETA) for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission. Shawn's JPL career started in 1991 wh... more
Shawn Goodman is currently the Project System Engineer (PSE) and Engineering Technical Authority (ETA) for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission. Shawn's JPL career started in 1991 when he worked as the mass properties engineer for the MSTI project. Since then he has gained extensive experience in flight projects and line management. Shawn has worked all stages of the project lifecycle through projects like MSTI, Sojourner, MGS, SIR-C, DS1, X2000, OPSP, MER and MSL. He has held the position of Group Supervisor, Deputy Section manager and Section manager of the Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section, Section 352. Shawn obtained his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing a basic degree in mechanical engineering he focused on mechanical design and robotics.
In his current role, Shawn reports programmatically to the Kent Kellogg (the SMAP Project Manager) and administratively to Division 31 as a member of Division 31 Staff. As the project matures Shawn will report to the JPL Office of Chief Engineer(OCE). Shawn's commitment to the development of both personnel and institutional capabilities make him a tremendous asset on the SMAP project and division 31 leadership staff.less
Mission System ManagerBenhan Jai is the Mission Systems Manager of the Soil Moisture Active and Passive Project (SMAP). He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the mission: interfacing with GSFC in space and ... moreBenhan Jai is the Mission Systems Manager of the Soil Moisture Active and Passive Project (SMAP). He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the mission: interfacing with GSFC in space and ground antennas, data systems, and data archival and distribution organizations. Jai received his Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. Since joining JPL in 1985, he has served in a number of engineering and management roles involving ground data system development, mission operations system development, and mission management at JPL. His previous assignments have included the development of the Ground Data System and the Mission Operations System on many missions including NASA Scatterometer, SeaWinds, Mars Global Surveyor, Stardust, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Surveyor Operations Projects. He has held positions as Data System Engineer, Ground Data System Manager, Mission Operations Manager, and Mission Manager. Prior to joining SMAP, Ben led the development of mission operations and ground data systems of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project (MRO), and led the entire flight teams of the MRO through launch, cruise, MOI, and aerobraking to the completion of the primary science phase of the mission. In addition to his SMAP activities, he is the Mission Systems Lead for DESDynI pre-project. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2007. less
Project ManagerKent Kellogg is the project manager for the NASA-directed Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of mission success. Mr. Kellogg joined JPL i... moreKent Kellogg is the project manager for the NASA-directed Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of mission success. Mr. Kellogg joined JPL in 1983 and has served in a number of engineering and management roles involving flight system engineering, space hardware development, contract management and organizational management at JPL. His previous assignments have included managing JPL’s Communication, Tracking and Radar Division, managing JPL’s Spacecraft Telecommunications Equipment Section, managing the SeaWinds and QuikSCAT Projects (he was successively the Instrument Manager, Deputy Project Manager and Project Manager for JPL’s SeaWinds-on -ADEOS-II and QuikSCAT Projects) and supervising JPL’s Spacecraft Antenna Group. He’s received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal three times for his work on the NASA Scatterometer antenna subsystem (1997), for leadership in the SeaWinds instrument development and delivery for QuikScat (2000) and outstanding technical leadership of the SeaWinds project (2004). His technical expertise is in flight system engineering, deep space communications and tracking, instrument system development and implementation, and antennas and electromagnetics. He has participated in all mission phases (formulation through mission operations) for both Earth science and deep space missions. Mr. Kellogg has B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In his spare time, Mr. Kellogg enjoys fishing the creeks in the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, ham radio, historical reading and travel. less
Project Business ManagerJennifer Kovacev is the SMAP Project Business Manager. She is responsible for overall leadership of project business functions and processes including finance, scheduling, cost estimation, performa... moreJennifer Kovacev is the SMAP Project Business Manager. She is responsible for overall leadership of project business functions and processes including finance, scheduling, cost estimation, performance measurement, subcontracts and other procurements. Jennifer received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has been with JPL since 1995, beginning her career in Task Order Administration within the Contracts Management Office. In 1999 Jennifer joined the Project Resource Controls Section and has been a Resource Analyst in both the Earth Science and Mars Directorates supporting flight projects including MISR, Scatterometer Projects, MRO and MSL. Jennifer was the Mars Directorate PRA group supervisor prior to joining SMAP. less
Deputy Project ScientistPeggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of Californ... morePeggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979, and has done post-graduate work in civil and environmental engineering through Cornell University. Since 1980 she has been employed as a Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Branch at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where she conducts research in soil moisture retrieval and land surface hydrology, primarily through microwave remote sensing techniques. She is currently the SMAP Deputy Project Scientist. less
Deputy Project ManagerSam Thurman serves as the SMAP Deputy Project Manager and Flight System Manager, supporting the Project Manager while focusing on the integration of the Instrument and Spacecraft System development... more
Sam Thurman serves as the SMAP Deputy Project Manager and Flight System Manager, supporting the Project Manager while focusing on the integration of the Instrument and Spacecraft System development work along with the Launch Vehicle System. Prior to joining SMAP, he was Deputy Manager of JPL’s Autonomous Systems Division, supporting space missions as the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt, the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Mars Science Laboratory, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Before coming to the Autonomous Systems Division, he spent ten years in the Mars Exploration Program, where he held a series of systems engineering and management positions in several flight projects. Before joining JPL, he worked as a missile guidance analyst at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His formal education includes B.S., S.M., and Ph.D degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University (1983), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1985), and the University of Southern California (1995).less
Mission Assurance ManagerMark Underwood is the SMAP Mission Assurance Manager. He is responsible for managing the safety and mission assurance program for the project. This program included systems safety, EEE parts, env... moreMark Underwood is the SMAP Mission Assurance Manager. He is responsible for managing the safety and mission assurance program for the project. This program included systems safety, EEE parts, environments, reliability, software qualify assurance, and hardware quality assurance. Mark earned a B.S. Engineering from UCLA in 1981 and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He has been with JPL since completing graduate school in April 1987. His initial work at JPL included research on novel electrochemical power sources, and later he developed concepts for spacecraft electrical power systems. As a researcher, Mark published more than 44 articles in journals and conference proceedings. He served in line management as Group Supervisor for the Power Electronics and Systems Group and Deputy Manager and Manger of the Power Systems Section. In 2007, Mark moved to Mission Assurance as the Deputy Mission Assurance Manager for the Juno project. He moved to SMAP as the Mission Assurance Manager in February 2009. less
Project ScientistSimon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Insti... moreSimon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from February to August 1991. In September 1991, he joined the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was the supervisor of radar system engineering and algorithm development group from 2002-2007. He was the deputy manager of Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth section from 2007 to 2009, and the section manager from 2009 to 2013. He served as the Project Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius mission from January 2012 to September 2013, the Deputy Project Scientist of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission from Jan 2013 to September 2013, and the SMAP Project Scientist since October 2013. He has been the Principal/Co-Investigator of numerous NASA and DOD research projects on remote sensing of soil moisture, terrestrial snow, ocean salinity and ocean wind. He has authored four book chapters and published more than 150 publications and presentations. He received the IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award in 1995, 2002, 2010 and 2014. He also received the 2000 Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium. He received the JPL Lew Allen Award in 1998 and Ed Stone Award in 2003. He receives the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal in 2014. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and is the Fellow of IEEE. less
Results of a study reveal that SMAP soil moisture retrievals are generally better than AMSR2 soil moisture data.
NASA scientists are auditioning the radar aboard a European satellite to see how well it stands in for the radar that failed aboard the U.S. space agency’s newly launched Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite in July.
SMAP’s radiometer, which measures temperatures on Earth’s surface, can do more than previously thought, and the spacecraft remains healthy, scientists say.
Discovery Channel features students exploring Mount Kilimanjaro. They will learn about collecting environmental data on the mountain’s six biomes and meet a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist to discuss the SMAP Mission, a satellite that measures the Earth’s soil moisture.
Dara Entekhabi, the science team leader of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, was selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to receive the 2015 Hydrologic Sciences Award.
NASA's SMAP satellite observatory conducted a field experiment as part of its soil moisture data product validation program in southern Arizona.
NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the ground to complement and validate what is seen from space.
News from the fourth Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAPEx-4) field campaign, carried out in Yanco, NSW, Australia, from May 1-23, 2015. This field experiment is part of the CalVal activities for the NASA SMAP mission.
NASA-funded study finds that Texas’ historic rainfall and resulting soil moisture could strengthen a storm moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
An assessment of surface soil moisture is necessary for applications such as weather forecasting, climate change modeling, monitoring of agricultural productivity, water resources management, drought prediction, flood area mapping, and ecosystem health monitoring.
“We’re entering the golden age of satellite missions for water,” says Jay Famiglietti, NASA’s senior water scientist. His research team is mapping the dwindling water supply of the drought-gripped western United States.
SMAP’s measurements will help scientists to understand the circulation of water and carbon. The carbon cycle has more branches than the water cycle; it transfers from the air, in the form of carbon dioxide, to soil, rocks, surface water and frozen surfaces.
With its antenna spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning routine science operations.
Kent Kellogg will be the featured speaker May 11 when the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council holds its annual Les Tupper Awards ceremony in von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The 20-foot (6-meter) "golden lasso" reflector antenna atop NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is now ready to wrangle up high-resolution global soil moisture data.
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have commanded the 20-foot (6-meter) reflector antenna on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory to begin spinning for the first time. The partial spin-up is a key step before science operations.
NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully completed a two-day test of its science instruments. The observatory's radar and radiometer instruments were successfully operated for the first time.
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, today sent commands to unfurl the massive 20-foot-wide (6-meter) reflector antenna on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observator. The deployment of the mesh reflector antenna, which supports the collection of SMAP's radar and radiometer instrument measurements in space, marks a key milestone in commissioning the satellite. S
Over the past 12 months NASA has added five missions to its orbiting Earth-observing fleet – the biggest one-year increase in more than a decade. NASA scientists will discuss early observations from the new missions and their current status during a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 26.
NASA's SMAP has successfully separated from the Delta II rocket off the east coast of Africa, and engineers have successfully established communication with the spacecraft.
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. S
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Saturday, Jan. 31, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 4 a.m. PST (7 a.m. EST).
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is perched on the pad at Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2), and is set to launch Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket will carry SMAP into orbit. The launch window lasts three minutes.
Precipitation and temperature are part of every weather forecast. Precipitation comes from clouds, clouds are formed of airborne water vapor, and vapor comes from evaporating soil moisture -- so soil moisture governs precipitation.
NASA doesn’t study just the stars and planets; it is also concerned with the soil beneath your feet. Studying the moisture in the top two inches of the soil from space with a satellite named "SMAP" can help weather forecasters predict flash floods, farmers grow more crops, and communities plan for drought.
NASA held a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, Jan. 8, at NASA Headquarters in Washington to discuss the upcoming Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission.
Scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, 2015, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument will measure the moisture lodged in Earth's soils with an unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The instrument's three main parts are a radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in space.
SMAP will allow for improved weather forecasts that will upgrade predictions for heat stress and virus-spreading rates. In short, SMAP will allow policy makers to plan farther ahead into the future.
NASA’s innovative soil moisture mapper, a new environmental satellite launching in January, has been fueled up for blastoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has been delayed to a targeted launch date of Jan. 31, pending completion of minor repairs to the United Launch Alliance Delta II launch vehicle.
Initial data from SMAP capture the 2015 spring thaw progression over the Northern Hemisphere, with a thaw front extending from predominantly non-frozen southern latitudes to the still-frozen north.
NASA celebrated the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the Agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
NASA's SMAP and University of Texas scientists are rounding up critical soil information for managing the Lone Star State's limited water.