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NASA Airborne Mission Tools Suite Currently Tracking Hurricanes Danny and Erika For NOAA
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NASA Airborne Mission Tools Suite Currently Tracking Hurricanes Danny and Erika For NOAA

The NASA Airborne Mission Tools Suite (MTS) is being used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to track and research hurricanes. NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD) uses the data gathered from research aircraft to advance the understanding and prediction of hurricanes and other tropical weather, while the NOAA Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) program will be using MTS to assist with the planning, operations, and overall management of airborne missions. Currently, MTS is monitoring both hurricanes Danny and Erika as they approach the eastern seaboard and the Caribbean. An MTS image of Danny can be seen here:

Hurricane Danny

BACKGROUND: MTS supports tactical decision-making and distributed team situational awareness during airborne science field campaigns, facilitates team communication and collaboration throughout a mission lifecycle, and consumes and produces visualization products that can be viewed in conjunction with the real-time position of aircraft, airborne instrument status data, and satellite and model products. MTS represents the ground complement to the NASA SensorNet project, which is developing the airborne networking infrastructure to enable satellite communication of aircraft parameter and instrument data during flight missions. Taken together, the intent of the system is to encourage more responsive and collaborative measurements between instruments on multiple aircraft, satellites, and on the surface in order to increase the scientific value of measurements and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of flight missions. MTS further provides solutions for customized meteorological and instrument visualization products and integrated tools for education and public outreach activities, such as the Mission Tools Suite for Education (MTSE).

PROGRAM FUNDING: Airborne Science Program, Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

TEAM: Aaron Duley (Project Lead), Sandy Johan, Patrick Finch Palmdale, Eugene Turkov, and David Van Gilst; Project and Program Support: Matthew Fladeland; Participating Groups: National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC)

POC: Aaron Duley, aaron.r.duley@nasa.gov

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