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  • The reference layer is for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation 1 arc second (30 meter) dataset. SRTM aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on Feb. 11, 2000, used the same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) that flew twice on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994. SRTM was assigned to collect 3-D measurements of the Earth's surface. To collect the 3-D data, engineers added a 60-meter (approximately 200-foot) mast, installed additional C-band and X-band antennas, and improved tracking and navigation devices. The mission is a cooperative project between NASA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) of the U.S. Department of Defense and the German and Italian space agencies. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, D.C. NGA applied several post-processing "finishing" steps to these data including editing, spike and well removal, water body leveling and coastline definition. [Summary provided by the USGS.] [ This document was provided by NASA's Global Change Master Directory. For more information on the source of this metadata please visit http://gcmd.nasa.gov/r/geoss/[GCMD]USGS_SRTM_Elev_1arcsec_Index ]

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