Alaska Satellite Facility

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About the Alaska Satellite Facility

Our Mission

Making Remote-Sensing Data Accessible

  • The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) operates the NASA archive of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, providing services to researchers supporting NASA’s ESDIS project
  • ASF is part of the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • ASF downlinks, processes, archives, and distributes remote-sensing data to scientific users around the world
  • ASF promotes, facilitates, and participates in the advancement of remote sensing to support national and international Earth science research, field operations, and commercial applications
  • ASF commits to providing the highest quality data and services promptly

ASF hosts a NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC)

ASF operates the NASA archive of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from various satellites and aircraft, providing these data and associated services to researchers in support of NASA’s Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project.

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Be a part of the ASF team!

Apply for University of Alaska career employment opportunities at ASF through the UA Careers website.

Computer Science and Engineering students will find a rich, inclusive, and supportive environment offering real-world experience in a NASA-affiliated organization. Interested? Contact us at [email protected].

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual.

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ASF Timeline

SAR processing milestone
HyP3 On Demand cloud processing is incorporated into Vertex Data Search
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30th Anniversary
ASF celebrates 30 years of operations
Newest NASA addition
AS4 construction completed

Construction of the newest NASA antenna at ASF is completed. AS4 will support the upcoming NISAR satellite mission.