EPA’s Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT)
Based near Dallas, Texas, and able to deploy within one hour of notification, ASPECT is the nation’s only airborne real-time chemical and radiological detection, infrared and photographic imagery platform. ASPECT is available to assist local, national, and international agencies supporting hazardous substance response, radiological incidents, and situational awareness in the US. ASPECT is available 24/7/365 and can be collecting data at any site in the continental US within nine hours.
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ASPECT consists of a suite of sensors and software mounted in a twin-engine aircraft. This suite can generate data in a variety of formats to produce scientifically valid products within five minutes of data collection. Primary sensors and features include:
- Infrared Line Scanner
- High Speed Infrared Spectrometer
- Gamma-Ray Spectrometers
- He3 Neutron Detector
- Digital Aerial Cameras
- Satellite Communication System
- Data Delivery Using Google Earth, ESRI and other formats
To request ASPECT assistance, please call:
- EPA’s Emergency Operations Center at 202-564-3850; or
- the National Call Center at 800-424-8802.
Ongoing: Comprehensive Atmospheric Monitoring Program
The comprehensive atmospheric monitoring program is a joint monitoring program between the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and ASPECT. The purpose of the program is to develop and demonstrate how infrared remote sensing techniques can be used to conduct atmospheric carbon dioxide monitoring. The program will also estimate possible carbon dioxide sources from city sized areas.
January 2014: Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl, and BCS Championship Game
ASPECT has been requested to support EPA’s Region 9 activities associated with the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. The deployment will be from December 29, 2013, through January 2, 2014.
Two preliminary flights are planned to provide background data to support the Parade and Game missions. ASPECT will fly a radiological background survey over the parade route and stadium area. The radiological background survey will be conducted at an altitude of 500-600 feet above ground (AGL). A second mission, conducted at 2800 feet AGL, will focus on chemical background and photographic collection over the parade and stadium areas.
In addition to the New Year’s activities, ASPECT will be supporting the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Game on January 6, 2014.
January 2014: Grand Canyon Radiological Survey
This survey will be conducted per a request from the National Park Service to investigate possible uranium mine drainage into the Grand Canyon. The Park Service is interested in addressing any potential impacts to the public and environment from these discharges. The project will consist of using a subset of ASPECT equipment that will be installed and flown on a Park Service helicopter.
Spring 2014: Radiological Background Survey of the National Capitol Region (D.C., VA, MD)
ASPECT is scheduled to fly the second part of a multi-state/county survey of the greater Washington D.C. region. The Federal Bureau of Investigations Washington Field Office requested ASPECT to conduct a holistic chemical and a radiological background assessment of the D.C. area. Data from this survey will provide emergency response managers with a set of baseline data as related to atmospheric chemicals and the radiological background present in the D.C. area. The chemical portion of the survey was completed in January and the radiological portion is scheduled for the fall.
- Winter 2013: 2013 Inauguration Pre-Deployment
- Winter 2013: 2013 Chemical Background Survey of the National Capitol Region (DC, VA, MD)
- Winter 2013: 2013 NFL Super Bowl
- Spring 2013: Radiological and Infrared Survey of Westlake Landfill and Coldwater Creek
- Spring 2013: West Fertilizer Explosion, West, TX
- Summer 2013: 2013 Boy Scout of America Jamboree
- Summer 2013: 64th Civil Support Team Regional CBRN Full Scale Field Exercise