Title: Efficient Delivery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Data
Primary Author: Ivancic, William
Organization: NASA Glenn Research Center
Co-Author(s): Don Sullivan (NASA Ames), David Stewart (Verizon Federal Systems)

Abstract: To support much of NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Program science, NASA has acquired two Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Two major missions that are currently planned using the Global Hawk: the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) and the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) missions. This paper briefly describes GloPac and GRIP, the concept of operations and the resulting requirements and communication architectures. Also discussed are requirements for future missions that may use satellite systems and networks owned and operated by third parties.