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Global Hawk Pacific Mission

    Final Flight Wraps Up NASA's GloPac Science Mission

    NASA wrapped up the 2010 Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) environmental science mission April 30 with a final high-altitude flight of an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over the Pacific Ocean southwest of Baja California.
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    Mission Overview
    global hawk in flight with glopac logo NASA and Northrop Grumman partnered to return this Global Hawk Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator to flight under NASA operation. NASA and the science community will use this aircraft for high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions. (NASA photo / Carla Thomas)

    The NASA Global Hawk Pacific, or GloPac, campaign is the first Earth Science mission to be conducted on the aircraft. The Global Hawk's ability to autonomously fly long distances and remain aloft for extended periods brings a new capability to the science community for measuring and observing large areas of the Earth. Ten specialized instruments will be installed in the aircraft to explore the trace gases, aerosols, and dynamics of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. The instruments will also validate sensors aboard NASA's Aura Earth-monitoring satellite.

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Latest News

NASA's Global Hawk Completes Second GloPac Science ...

Time Warner Cable SoCal News' Cody Urban and Keli Moore interview NASA atmospheric physicist Paul Newman beside a NASA Global Hawk

NASA's Global Hawk environmental science aircraft took to the skies again April 13 on the second flight in the 2010 Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) atmospheric sampling mission.

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NASA Ames Supports GloPac Science Mission

global hawk behind hangar

NASA’s Ames Research Center has provided key support to ensure the success of the GloPac environmental science mission, providing management, flight planning, meteorological constraints and science ...

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NASA's Unpiloted Global Hawk Completes First Science ...

Photo of cloud formations over the North Pacific Ocean from an altitude of 58,000 feet taken by HD-Vis camera during the first data collection flight in the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) environmental science campaign on April 7.

NASA has successfully completed the first science flight of the Global Hawk unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean. The flight April 7 was the first of five scheduled for this month's ...

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GloPac News and Features

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    Global Hawk Fact Sheet

    Three developmental model Northrop Grumman Global Hawk aircraft have been transferred from the U.S. Air Force to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for use in high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions.

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    Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) Mission Science Instruments

    NASA's Global Hawk carries 11 instruments on its first science mission flights over the Pacific Ocean.

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    The Airborne Science Program within the Earth Science Division is responsible for providing aircraft systems that further science and advance the use of satellite data.

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    Scientists blog about the Global Hawk Pacific 2010 mission

GloPac Team Spotlight

  • Paul Newman, senior scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

    Paul Newman

    Paul Newman studies Earth’s stratosphere and, particularly, the ozone layer. He is a leader in the use of airplanes for atmospheric research

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    Dr. David Fahey is a research physicist in NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, USA.