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DLR-developed MACs camera measures changes to permafrost soil
24 August 2018
The operating conditions might be unconventional, and the means of transport is certainly far from common, but a modular aerial camera system (MACS) developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been installed on board the POLAR 5 research aircraft of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Its purpose is to acquire images of the Inuvik region in Canada. The measurement campaign being conducted by the AWI seeks to investigate and acquire a better understanding of climate processes in the Arctic.
The DLR engineers and scientists are making the most of this mission north of the Arctic Circle to test the MACS polar aerial camera that they have developed and built. "We are delighted to be able to use this camera for the first time to carry out remote sensing in the Arctic," says Project Manager Jörg Brauchle from the DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems.
Image credit: DLR - The image was captured during a flight near the Inuvik region, northwestern Canada.