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Discovery Files - "Getting Hiaper"

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Discovery Files - "Getting Hiaper"

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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.

Future missions:

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.

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