NASA intends to use Global Hawks for projects that will support its Science Mission Directorate and the Earth science community. Northrop Grumman will share in the use of the aircraft to conduct flight demonstrations for expanded markets and missions including integration of autonomous aircraft systems into national airspace.
The aircraft was unveiled at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Centre in Edwards,
The Global Hawk Pacific 2009 Program will be NASA’s first use of the aircraft to support Earth science. The campaign will involve six long-term missions over the Pacific and
Global Hawk is capable of reaching altitudes of 65,000 feet for more than 31 hours at a time. So far, Global Hawk aircraft have flown more than 28,000 hours. Potential applications include the improvement of hurricane monitoring techniques, development of disaster support capabilities, and development of advanced autonomous aircraft system technologies.
Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in