ASPECT

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.

Description

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.

ASPECT (Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology) Brochure

ASPECT Webinar Presentation

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ASPECT Flight Schedule (subject to change)

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.

October 4-12, 2014: Pre-Deployment to support state homeland security operations at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Albuquerque, NM)

October 27-29, 2014: ASPECT Open House in support of the CBRNe Convergence Conference and State and Local Emergency Management Officials (Long Island, NY)

November 1, 2014: Field Exercise with the State of Washington National Guard (Spokane, WA)

December 29, 2014 – January 2, 2015: Pre-Deployment to support the City of Pasadena HAZMAT operations for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game (Pasadena, CA)

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Past Flights

  • Summer 2014: Live Agent Field Exercise with National Guard’s 64th Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Civil Support Team (CST)
  • Spring 2014: Grand Canyon Radiological Survey
  • Spring 2014: Boston Marathon Pre-Deployment
  • Winter 2014: Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game
  • 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

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Aerial Survey Results Frequent Questions

Aerial Radiation Survey: Information to accompany Midnite Mine survey report (PDF) (3 pp, 247K)

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ASPECT in the Media

EPA plane detects radiation at West Lake landfill, will release findings Exit

ASPECT was featured in the Washington Times Exit.

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