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Friday, September 02, 2005

Other satellite news

WeatherTAP offers a subscription service to, among other things, tropical weather imagery.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers downloadable images.

Meanwhile, the Civil Air Patrol is gathering data:

Members of the all-volunteer Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, have been asked, for the second day in a row, to fly aerial photography missions today after receiving requests from agencies in Mississippi and Alabama as Tropical Depression Katrina continued to move further inland.

On Tuesday, CAP members captured dozens of images of destruction in New Orleans from the air, flew two aerial photography missions in south Alabama and flew aerial transport missions for Mississippi emergency management officials....

Today [Wednesday] CAP members are scheduled to fly aerial photography missions in Mississippi and Alabama after receiving requests for support from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mobile Emergency Management Agency respectively.

On Tuesday, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security for Louisiana, a crew from CAP’s Louisiana Wing, flying one of CAP’s Cessna C-182s, captured numerous images of damage in New Orleans. The aircrew members used CAP’s satellite-transmitted digital imaging system to quickly relay the imagery to emergency services officials on the ground.

Also on Tuesday, CAP pilots in Alabama flew two damage-assessment missions at the request of the Mobile Emergency Management Agency, which asked for aerial photographs of Dauphin Island and Bayou La Batre as well as images of flooding and damage along Mobile Bay and in other low-lying areas. In addition, aircrews from Mississippi transported emergency management officials at the request of Mississippi Department of Transportation....

CAP, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs 95 percent of all continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. More than 56,000 volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing "missions for America" for more than 60 years.


Blogger Ontario Emperor said...

The Empoblog includes a history of the Civil Air Patrol.


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