Albert C Wu

Albert C Wu

  • 301.286.7766
  • Mail Code: 610.9
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: ATA AEROSPACE
  • Research Interests

    Remote Sensing

    Active/passive microwave remote sensing instrument development, including bistatic radar receivers and signals of opportunity.

    Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation

    Precision orbit and position determination, spread-spectrum signal processing, software-defined radio, and GNSS bistatic radar implementation.


    Sensors, feedback control, and data systems.

    Current Projects

    High Mountain Asia Team (HiMAT)

    High Mountain Asia (HMA) is the world’s largest reservoir of perennial glaciers and snow outside of the Earth’s polar ice sheets. The region is home to a range of unique landforms, ecosystems, hazards, and cultures, and supplies water to more than a billion people. The goal of the HiMAT project is to gain insight into the Earth system processes that drive the HMA water supply to inform decisions, management actions, and policy development.

    Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS)

    NASA's Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS) is an airborne, wide-swath imaging laser altimeter system that is flown over target areas to collect data on surface topography and 3D structure. Since 2017, the sensor has been operating as a NASA Facility, providing low cost data to NASA investigators and science missions.

    Scanning L-band Active/Passive (SLAP)

    The Scanning L-band Active/Passive (SLAP) instrument is an airborne imaging radiometer and scatterometer developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for remote sensing of soil moisture, ocean salinity, freeze-thaw state, and other physical phenomena that display characteristics at microwave L-band.

    Developed in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory with contractor support, its purpose is to provide airborne science as well as validation for the SMAP mission as well as other L-band active/passive missions (Aquarius, SMOS).

    Goddard RF Explorer (GREX)

    The Goddard RF Explorer (GREX) is a direct-sample radio frequency recorder capable of high speed continuous waveform capture. When paired with a suitable antenna and front-end, it can measure brightness temperature and soil moisture, characterize radio frequency interference (RFI), and serve as a platform for software-defined radio and interference mitigation research.

    Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer (AESMIR)

    AESMIR is a passive microwave airborne imager covering the 6-100 GHz bands that are essential for observing key Earth system elements, such as precipitation, snow, soil moisture, ocean winds, sea ice, sea surface temperature, and vegetation.


    1/2018 - Present

    Technical Manager

    NASA GSFC Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD

    Project manager for the Land, Vegetation, and Ice Sensor (LVIS) engineering and data scientist teams. Responsible for translating the high-level vision for an operational facilities instrument into week-to-week milestones, timelines, assignments, and logistics.

    5/2012 - 8/2018

    Airborne Instrument Engineer

    NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD

    Systems, RF, electrical, and software engineer responsible for the development and deployment the Scanning L-band Active Passive (SLAP), Goddard RF Explorer (GREX), and Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer (AESMIR) airborne microwave instruments.

    5/2010 - 5/2012

    Unmanned Systems Engineer

    Emergent Space Technologies, Greenbelt, MD

    Payload engineer for the Marine Autonomous Surface Vehicle Range Surveillance System, a NASA Phase II SBIR for situational awareness at NASA’s launch ranges.

    Teaching Experience

    University of Colorado at Boulder, Teaching Assistant for Aerospace Senior Projects, 2009-2010

    University of Colorado at Boulder, Teaching Assistant for Aerospace Electronics and Communications, 2009


    Graduate Certificate in International Science and Technology Policy – George Washington University, 2018

    M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences – University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences – University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008

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