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Airborne Science Mission Tools Suite Completes Support Operations for the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) 2013
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Airborne Science Mission Tools Suite Completes Support Operations for the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) 2013

The Mission Tools Suite (MTS) team completed support operations for the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) 2013 Campaign. This included one check flight and six science flights from 1/19/2012 through 3/2/2013 using NASA’s Global Hawk (AV6). During the course of ATTREX, the MTS EPO tool reached 581 students (492 unique participants). More information about ATTREX can be found at:

Earlier, the MTS team concluded support for the FY13 multi-aircraft DISCOVER-AQ campaign. This included 12 science flights from 1/6/2012 through 2/6/2012 using the B-200 (NASA529) and P-3 (NASA426). During the course of DISCOVER-AQ, the MTS EPO tool reached 468 students (24 classrooms) in the US and in Chile. More information about the DISCOVER-AQ project can be found at:

BACKGROUND: Mission Tools Suite (MTS) is a web-based system primarily used to assist with tactical decision-making and situational awareness during Airborne Science Campaigns. MTS represents the ground complement to the NASA SensorNet project, which is developing the airborne networking infrastructure to enable SATCOM of aircraft parameter data, and instrument data during flight missions. 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 the measurements, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of flight missions. At its most basic, MTS provides a means for visualizing the real time position of aircraft, airborne instrument status data, in concert with satellite and model products during the course of the mission. MTS further provides solutions for customized meteorological and instrument visualization products and integrated tools for education and public outreach (EPO) activities.

COLLABORATORS: Ames Research Center: Aaron Duley, Project Lead, Francis Enomoto, Sandy Johan, Patrick Finch, Eugene TurkovPalmdale: David Van Gilst Project and Program Support: Matthew Fladeland, Don Sullivan Participating Groups: Earth Science Project Office (ESPO), National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC), Airborne Sensor Facility (ASF)

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Airborne Science Program

Contact: Aaron Duley

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