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NASA HS3 Hurricane Mission Videos Available in High-Resolution
September 3, 2013

NASA HS3 Hurricane Mission Videos Available in High-Resolution  [image-51]

The Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) is a five-year mission specifically targeted to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean basin. NASA has complied a website where high-resolution videos are available that highlight the mission.

This year, NASA is flying two Global Hawk unmanned aircraft over the tropical Atlantic. The NASA Global Hawk are ideal platforms for investigations of hurricanes, capable of flight altitudes greater than 55,000 feet and flight durations of up to 30 hours. One of the HS3 Global Hawks will have an instrument suite geared toward measurement of the environment and the other will have instruments suited to inner-core structure and processes.

The website that houses the high-resolution videos is found at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio webpage. Specifically for HS3, go to:  http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011000/a011039/index.html

The first video is a pre-mission video file looking ahead to NASA's 2012 HS3 campaign, the first year of the campaign. It features video of the Global Hawk aircraft in flight, instruments being integrated into the aircraft, and an interview with NASA scientist Scott Braun, Principal Investigator for HS3. This video runs 10 minutes. 

The second video runs 2.1 minutes and includes additional interview clips from Scott Braun including information on why we need to study hurricanes in general. The video also references the highly collaborative nature of the HS3 campaign, which involves several NASA centers, NOAA, and several universities.

The third video is one of footage of a Global Hawk aircraft leaving a hangar at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Calif. and taking off for deployment out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. prior to the HS3 hurricane campaign. This video runs 3.2 minutes. 

The fourth video available in high-resolution includes footage of instruments being integrated into a Global Hawk at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center prior to deployment as part of the HS3 hurricane campaign. This video runs 7.8 minutes.

Additional videos and images are available on NASA's HS3 mission page, and the HS3 FLICKR page.

Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

For other HS3 related videos and images, please visit the HS3 Mission Page at:


For photos and the HS3 FLICKR Page, visit:



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Scott Braun
HS3 Principal Investigator Dr. Scott Braun addresses why NASA studies hurricanes in general, and the many partners on HS3.
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