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NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:41 pm

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA872


I noticed one plane over the middle of the Tropical Storm/Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico so I clicked on it and up pops a NASA drone 18 hours into a 24 hour mission at 60,000 ft doing patrols over the storm. Pretty cool.... I noticed the hold after departure.... they likely had to climb above controlled airspace in a hot MOA before proceeding on course.
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:07 pm

Now it's circeling above Mathew along the Florida coast.
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:49 pm

jayspilot wrote:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA872


I noticed one plane over the middle of the Tropical Storm/Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico so I clicked on it and up pops a NASA drone 18 hours into a 24 hour mission at 60,000 ft doing patrols over the storm. Pretty cool.... I noticed the hold after departure.... they likely had to climb above controlled airspace in a hot MOA before proceeding on course.


Right now at FL620 and flying back home apparently.
Amazing flight path right over the border limits to avoid Mexican airspace but still, why not a straight ahead fligh path? Perhaps just a sneak peak to border on the way?
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:21 pm

Saw that earlier....hadn't noted the altitude, just the NASA designation. Pretty cool, I'd imagine the data must have been very interesting. Love to see some photos of that mission. Much safer this way, but still need to do penetration flights, don't think a Global Hawk could take the beating?

The routing probably due to less traffic being parallel to the border, perhaps? (yeah, not so sure this makes much sense at FL600+ lol)
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:12 pm

YZF101 wrote:
Saw that earlier....hadn't noted the altitude, just the NASA designation. Pretty cool, I'd imagine the data must have been very interesting. Love to see some photos of that mission. Much safer this way, but still need to do penetration flights, don't think a Global Hawk could take the beating?

The routing probably due to less traffic being parallel to the border, perhaps? (yeah, not so sure this makes much sense at FL600+ lol)


Most likely doing survey imaging for the future "Trump Wall". :lol: :roll:
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:53 am

YZF101 wrote:
Much safer this way, but still need to do penetration flights, don't think a Global Hawk could take the beating?


The NOAA WP-3D Orions have been flying through the hurricane at FL100 over the past few days. Here's video of what it's like to fly through the eye wall into the eye: https://twitter.com/JamesVanFleet/statu ... 0536726528
 
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Re: NASA "Global Hawk" doing 60,000 ft 24 hour long hurricane partrol

Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:33 pm

RetiredWeasel wrote:
YZF101 wrote:
Saw that earlier....hadn't noted the altitude, just the NASA designation. Pretty cool, I'd imagine the data must have been very interesting. Love to see some photos of that mission. Much safer this way, but still need to do penetration flights, don't think a Global Hawk could take the beating?

The routing probably due to less traffic being parallel to the border, perhaps? (yeah, not so sure this makes much sense at FL600+ lol)


Most likely doing survey imaging for the future "Trump Wall". :lol: :roll:



I was going to make a tongue-in-cheek comment about The Wall, but figured I'd keep the politics outta this one. Touche, Mr/Ms Weasel :)

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