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NASA's Global Hawk A-OK for GRIP Hurricane Campaign
August 9, 2010
 

NASA's Global Hawk soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 15 on a functional check flight of the aircraft payload system and science instruments for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes, or GRIP, missionNASA's Global Hawk soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 15 on a functional check flight of the aircraft payload system and science instruments for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes, or GRIP, mission. The aircraft, one of two Global Hawks operated by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, flew for six hours at altitudes up to 60,000 feet in Edwards' restricted airspace in preparation for the campaign to study hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Western Atlantic. The grey fairing on the bottom of the aircraft houses the High Altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, or HIWRAP, radar instrument that details wind characteristics within hurricanes. NASA mission officials report the check flight met all objectives, with research instruments and systems performing well. (NASA Photo/Tony Landis)

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