SMAP - without radar - still produces useful science data

NASA JPL SMAP image of South Carolina flooding 5 Oct 2015
October 19, 2015

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, as the name implies, contains an active radar sensor and a passive radiometer. This was successfully launched on 29 January 2015 but the radar sensor failed in July of this year. A collection of NASA and other scientists have been looking for alternative sources of radar data to match with the radiometer data from SMAP. You can read more about this effort in the Space News article at:…

Even without the radar sensor, the radiometer continues to produce very useful data. One recent example is the extraordinary flooding event in South Carolina in early October.

The JPL has a short news story and image of the soil moisture conditions acquired on 5 October 2015 at: