Urban 4D was a proposed 5-year campaign to deploy aircraft-based remote sensing instruments over Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore. Building on a legacy of federally-funded urban research, the proposal team sought to build a common remote sensing based toolkit for city management, applied first to four locations and eventually to other cities. Urban 4D was an extension of ASU’s 100 Cities project.
The proposal was reviewed in spring 2010 by NASA but not one of the five (out of 35) selected for funding. Several members of the team were debriefed by program amanagers at NASA headquarters in September and November 2010. NASA plans to have another Venture Class solicitation for earth-orbiting systems in two or three years. The Urban 4D team plans to compete for one of those ~$150M grants. We are also exploring other funding opportunities in the interim.
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