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Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes: Studying Earth’s Hurricanes from Above
GRIP - Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes: Studying Earth’s Hurricanes from Above

The GRIP 2010 hurricane mission is in full force.  During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, researchers will be able to “see” below the cloud-tops and uncover what is happening in the internal structure of the storm through the use of powerful instruments onboard the DC-8, WB-57, and Global Hawk aircraft.  This will allow scientists to better understand what is required to kick-start a tropical depression into a hurricane. The NASA aircraft will be deployed from Florida (DC-8), Texas (WB-57) and California (Global Hawk) and will fly at varying altitudes over tropical storms in an attempt to capture them at different stages of development.

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Dr. Jeff Halverson, GRIP Project Scientist

Cut 1 - 00:19 -“GRIP is designed to take the latest technologies that NASA can bring to bear.  Satellites, aircraft that fly in the storm, aircraft that fly over the storm, systems in the ground…let’s put it all out there for six weeks and see what we can learn about the physics of these storms.”
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Dr. Ramesh Kakar, Weather Focus Area Lead

Cut 2- 00:16 - “GRIP is an original NASA experiment.  We expect that these measurements will enable hurricane modelers to improve their track and intensity forecast.”
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Dr. Scott Braun, Research Meterologist

Cut 3- 00:25 - “NASA is providing two aircraft, the DC-8 aircraft and unmanned Global Hawk aircraft for use in the field.  It’s also providing a suite of advanced remote sensing instruments to measure processes within storms and the hurricane environment.  Many of these instruments have been funded and developed at NASA.”
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