NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V high-altitude science research aircraft returns from loan to NOAA
The NSF/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Gulfstream V high-altitude science research aircraft returns from a short-term loan to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), after successfully ensuring there was no gap in observations of dangerous hurricanes.
NSF's Gulfstream V aircraft has returned from a short-term loan to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The high-altitude, atmospheric science research plane provided observations of dangerous hurricanes while a NOAA plane underwent maintenance. The NSF Gulfstream V aircraft, operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, flies as high as 51,000 feet allowing scientists to collect data from the Earth’s surface to the tops of storms. Onboard, the Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System deployed GPS dropsondes to obtain atmospheric profiles of temperature and winds in real time. The aircraft made surveillance flights targeting storm systems that pose a high risk to the U.S. Data processed aboard the aircraft was sent to the World Meteorological Organization for immediate inclusion in hurricane forecast models.
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