Autonomous Modular Sensor (AMS)


A natural color image of the slough mouth and salt ponds near Ames Research Center.

The Autonomous Modular Sensor (AMS) is an airborne scanning spectrometer that acquires high spatial resolution imagery of the Earth's features from its vantage point on-board low and medium altitude research aircraft. Data acquired by AMS is helping to define, develop, and test algorithms for use in a variety of scientific programs that emphasize the use of remotely sensed data to monitor variation in environmental conditions, assess global change, and respond to natural disasters.

Instrument Type: 
Altair, B200 - LARC, Caravan, ER-2, Ikhana, DC-8
Instrument Team: