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Global Test Range Project Highlights
August 2, 2012



The Global Test Range supported in excess of 573 Airborne Science mission flight hours during FY08.

Submitted strawman operational transition plan for the Global Test Range.

Continued collaboration with UAVSAR team in implementing remote access tools.


(ER-2) AVIRIS/MASTER continued local support for this mission.

Kickoff G-III REVEAL installation activity.

Completed 10-week student summer session, resulting in:

  • Documenting REVEAL source code with Doxygen.
  • Standing up subversion version control system.
  • Implementation of REVEAL software on a small "microclient" computer using Piccolo autopilot as data source.

Designed, fabricated, and assembled microclient REVEAL system for installation and demonstration testing on a glider operation by U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.

Began setup/testing of UAVSAR instrument testing at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Enables UAVSAR developers to communicate over Iridium via REVEAL without leaving their lab.

Engaged Global Hawk operations center developers regarding design and installation of ground systems for payload communications.

Prototyped utilities for integrating flight track data from any flight in FAA airspace.


(P3B/DC-8) ARCTAS Summer deployment to Cold Lake, Canada.

(ER-2) AVIRIS/MASTER deployment to Westover Maryland.

First test of Iridium connectivity with Contingency System.


P-3 and DC-8 CARB - California/west coast science flights supporting California Air Resources Board (CARB) and ARCTAS. Both planes transitioned to Cold Lake Canada at the end of the month and began the summer ARCTAS measurement campaign.

Undergraduate Student Researcher Program: began a 10-week summer project for two students from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

ER-2 AVIRIS/MASTER - local science flights in preparation for deployment to Westover, MA.

May P-3 ARCTAS-Summer - Working to address items from ARCTAS-Spring.
  • Multichannel system redesign
  • Implement displays, interfaces, and infrastructure eliminating excess hardware on-board the aircraft
  • X-Chat Server and RTMM functionality testing
  • Demonstrate priority list items from ARCTAS-Spring have been satisfied
  • Accommodate miscellaneous requirements to improve situational awareness and on-board productivity
  • Provide more accessible on-line documentation to experimenters

ER-2 Large Area Collector (LAC) - supported science flights

April DC-8 and P-3 ARCTAS-Spring deployment to Fairbanks, AK.
March P-3 and DC-8 upload for ARCTAS-Spring.
February P-3 Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) - supported science flights in preparation for ARCTAS-Spring deployment.
January Continued installation and configuration of P-3 infrastructure in preparation for Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) science flights (pre-ARCTAS checkout). First data transfer over Iridium for P-3 occurred on the 25th.



Initiated installation of infrastructure on NASA Wallops P-3B to provide new capabilities for the P-3 similar to the DC-8. Includes an antenna farm, an Iridium voice phone, a REVEAL system, a multichannel Iridium gateway, and a set of three servers with network and application infrastructure to support text chatting and on-board data manipulation and display from both on-board and terrestrial information sources.

A number of Linux-oriented milestones are noteworthy. Our INDS system installation was ported to Linux, demonstrating increased flexibility for existing Windows and MacOS installations. We also validated the ability to install RedHat Linux on MacMini hardware, which we will use for this year's P-3's Linux server needs. Also, the Linux N-channel system software was successfully updated and improved.

November Global Test Range personnel have been involved in the following projects throughout the month.
  • ARCTAS - Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites mission support planning is underway. This mission consists of two 1-month deployments: March-April and June-July 2008. The DC-8 is the primary platform with REVEAL support also being provided for the P-3. The Langley B-200 King Air, NOAA WP-3D, and the DOE Convair 580 are also participating in this deployment.
  • Participated in technical requirements and design review for Next Generation Nav Recorder input isolation interface.
  • Participated in a Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) Workshop.

Supported ER-2 CHLOE-A Mission - Kirtland AFB, NM from 12 Oct - 1 Nov 2007.

Built a REVEAL Unit for the P3.

DataTurbine middleware that Dryden championed and that Global Test Range currently uses as part of its network services suite is formally deployed as an NSF-funded open source initiative to address grand challenges in environmental science. Open Source Data Turbine Initiative


The Global Test Range supported 371.4 mission hours during FY07 on Altair, DC-8, ER-2, and WB-57.

Supported ER-2 CLASIC / Local - Continued supporting the Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign at NASA Dryden.

July - August TC4 - Supported Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Mission, Costa Rica (ER-2, DC-8, & WB-57) and WB-57 continuation flights at Ellington Field, TX.
June Supported ER-2 CLASIC - Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign, Ellington Field, TX.

Supported local ER-2 LAC - Large Area Collector flights.

Inaugural flight of REVEAL on WB-57 at NASA JSC.


Received formal accreditation of IT Security Plan and authorization to operate the new system after complete rewrite and independent review encompassing about five months worth of effort.

Began construction of field-deployable contingency system, designed in part to support recovery of operations in the event of a major earthquake.


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Collaborative efforts started with the University of North Dakota/NSERC to completely redesign the data systems infrastructure on the DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with modern network architecture and systems.

Began re-implementation of ground systems infrastructure to eliminate old hardware and operating systems.

Continued supporting (AVIRIS) local flights on ER-2 (806).

September Supported Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) local flights on ER-2 (806).
August Dryden's Global Range supported four missions on three continents this month, each with REVEAL systems and situational awareness displays available to their respective project teams.
  • ER-2 (806) deploys to Georgia for the CALIPSO/CLOUDSAT Validation experiment CCVEX.
  • DC-8 deploys to Africa on the NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Mission (NAMMA).
  • Altair takes flight on the Western States FIRE Mission. REVEAL provides secondary situational awareness for the project team, and also acts as the conduit for secondary payloads.
  • Perlan deploys to El Calafate, Argentina to explore stratospheric mountain waves.

This month marks the first use of the "IWG1" simple data feed format as created by the Inter-agency Working Group for Airborne Data and Telecommunication Systems. Status packets from all REVEAL systems used this month conform to the IWG1 recommended format.

This month marks the first use of the prototype Intelligent Network Data Server (INDS). INDS is designed to be a general purpose sensor web data integration tool and a component of infrastructure supporting sensor web applications. Through INDS, for example, GoogleEarth users have the ability to scroll through time while viewing multiple distributed data sources.


REVEAL hardware design takes honors at PC/104 hardware design contest.

INTEX-B, a 10-week deployment with the DC-8. INTEX-B was the first mission where we integrated non-NASA aircraft into our display.

February Initiated procurement for HiWAND follow-on deployment.
January Began physical move to building 4800/Global Test Range Development Lab.


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December Introduction of "Time Drive" server that enables web displays and Google Earth displays to scroll back and forth through time.
November Altair begins flights again. We introduced, for the first time, dynamic computation of KML files to update Google Earth displays with flight track data.
October Received email (11 Oct 05) from NASA801 (KingAir) with 5MB video file attachment (HiWAND test).

Discussed Stardust mission support (aborted - bandwidth requirements),

HiWAND flights on KingAir began.

Loaned Satcom phones to Katrina Relief effort.

June - August Tropical Cloud Systems and Processes (TCSP) deployment with ER-2 hosting two REVEAL systems (s/n 5 & 6). First use of web-based map displays with weather and flight track.
May Missions on Altair suspended until fall.
April Inaugural Flight of REVEAL on Altair UAV
March Coordinated some analysis of SecNet11 (Secure 802.11) for possible use in aircraft networking.


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November First Flight of REVEAL on ER-2
October Our REVEAL work recognized with an honorable mention in 2004 NASA Software of the Year competition. Listed in the October 2004 issue of NASA Tech Briefs. + Read more.
June MOA signed with Navy for Integrated Network-Enhanced Telemetry Research and Development.

Prototype 12-channel Iridium gateway flies to Antarctica on DC-8.

"Suborbital Telepresence" Project officially started.

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