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NASA completes first hurricane research flight from Wallops

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-21 10:31:27-04

NASA’s first flight of the Hurricane and Storm Sentinal Mission (HS3) began Tuesday morning and continued into Wednesday.

wd13-122-032One of the mission’s two Global Hawk Uninhabited Aerial Systems (UAS) departed from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and traveled out over the Atlantic Ocean for 24 hours before returning.nasaflightpath

CLICK HERE to view the flight path of the Global Hawk. 

The aircraft are capable of flying up to 30 hours at a time, as high as 12.3 miles, and can cover more than 12,600 miles in one flight.

The HS3 is a five-year mission targeted to investigate hurricane formations and severe storms in the Atlantic Ocean, and the ingredients that fuel them.

Related links:

HS3 Mission
http://science.nasa.gov/missions/hs3/

NASA Hurricane Research
www.nasa.gov/hurricane

NASA Wallops Flight Facility
www.nasa.gov/wallops

NASA’s Airborne Science Program
http://airbornescience.nasa.gov

NASA’s Global Hawks
http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/aircraft/Global_Hawk