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AOSS researchers participate in NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel

Posted: August 26, 2013

AOSS researchers participate in NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel

Doctoral student Mary Morris traveled to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia on August 23 to participate in the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne field campaign.


HS3 will fly two Global Hawk drone airplanes instrumented with remote sensing equipment over and around hurricanes and their initiating environment.

One of these instruments, the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD), was designed, built and is operated by a team that includes Morris, Professor Chris Ruf, SPRL, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Central Florida.

The photo shows the Global Hawk drone with HIRAD arriving at WFF. The HIRAD fairing and radome is the large feature protruding below the fuselage at the rear of the plane.

HS3 is a five-year mission that will investigate the processes that lead to hurricane formation and intensity change.
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To visit Morris' blog about her experience, click here.

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