Flyin' high. An environmental eye in the sky.
I'm Bob Karson with "The Discovery Files" -- new advances in science and engineering from the National Science Foundation.
Research above our planet is about to go into HIAPER-drive.
"H.I.A.P.E.R" stands for, "High-Performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research."
It's a tricked-out Gulfstream jet able to hit 51,000 ft, with a range of 7,000 miles. And it's packing 5600 pounds of sensing gear. This one-of-a-kind craft will allow scientists to study the tops of storms and the lower edge of the stratosphere at an altitude most planes only dream of flying.
following and tracking pollution and its origins...
studying emerging hurricanes...
mapping the earth with remote sensors.
As a high-performance way to study our planet's atmosphere, HIAPER will take us to new heights.
"The Discovery Files" covers projects funded by the government's National Science Foundation. Federally sponsored research -- brought to you, by you! Learn more at nsf.gov.