Portrait of Steven Mercier ISAE-SUPAERO PhD student

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Portrait of Steven Mercier ISAE-SUPAERO PhD student
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29 March 2019

Portrait of Steven Mercier ISAE-SUPAERO PhD student

He is a PhD student in the Department of electronics, optronics, and signal processing (DEOS).
The subject of his thesis is Remote sensing and data transmission using a common waveform.
He is part of the Signal, Communication, Antennas, Navigation and Radar (SCANR) doctoral research team.
The SCANR doctoral research team is affiliated with the doctoral school of Mathematics, Informatics, Telecommunications (MITT). The SCANR team includes researchers from ISAE-SUPAERO and ONERA.
ISAE-SUPAERO welcomes its doctoral students in six ISAE-SUPAERO, ONERA teams and Clément Ader Institute, covering a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines related to aeronautics and space: aerodynamics and propulsion, structures and materials, embedded systems, networks and telecommunications, control and management of systems, human factors, electronics, signal.
ISAE-SUPAERO offers a rich and diversified program of doctoral training, leading to the PhD, the highest degree awarded by the institute, and recognized internationally.

He is a PhD student in the Department of electronics, optronics, and signal processing (DEOS).

The subject of his thesis is Remote sensing and data transmission using a common waveform.

He is part of the Signal, Communication, Antennas, Navigation and Radar (SCANR) doctoral research team.

The SCANR doctoral research team is affiliated with the doctoral school of Mathematics, Informatics, Telecommunications (MITT). The SCANR team includes researchers from ISAE-SUPAERO and ONERA.

ISAE-SUPAERO welcomes its doctoral students in six ISAE-SUPAERO, ONERA teams and Clément Ader Institute, covering a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines related to aeronautics and space: aerodynamics and propulsion, structures and materials, embedded systems, networks and telecommunications, control and management of systems, human factors, electronics, signal.

ISAE-SUPAERO offers a rich and diversified program of doctoral training, leading to the PhD, the highest degree awarded by the institute, and recognized internationally.

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This video and audio show the results of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover using its SuperCam microphone to record the sounds of a Martian dust devil – the first time any such recording has been made. The dust devil passed by on Sept. 27, 2021, the 215th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The dust devil was estimated to be 82 feet (25 meters) wide, at least 387 feet (118 meters) tall, and moving at about 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour).
At the same time that SuperCam’s microphone recorded the dust devil, Perseverance’s weather sensors (measuring wind, pressure, temperature, and dust) and the Navigation camera (Navcam) were on. This allowed scientists to combine sound, image, and atmospheric data. The unique combination of these data, along with atmospheric modeling, allowed the researchers to estimate the dust devil’s dimensions.
Capturing a passing dust devil takes some luck. Scientists can’t predict when they’ll pass by, so rovers like Perseverance and Curiosity routinely monitor in all directions for them. As scientists see them occur more frequently at a certain time of day, or approaching from a certain direction, they’ll focus their monitoring to try and catch a dust devil.
The video included here shows three rows. The top row is a raw image taken by Navcam of the Martian surface; while the camera is capable of color, it takes black-and-white images when searching for dust devils to reduce the amount of data sent back to Earth (most of the images come back without a dust devil detected).
The middle row shows the same image processed with change detection software to indicate where movement occurred as time passed by; color is used to show density of dust, going from blue (noise to low density dust) through purple to yellow. The last row is a graph showing a sudden drop in air pressure recorded by Perseverance’s weather sensor suite, called Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, provided by Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial in Madrid and the sound amplitude from SuperCam’s microphone.
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