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Tech Infusion Snapshot:
Early Investments Enable HS3


The NASA Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission is a five-year airborne campaign started in 2011 to investigate the processes underlying hurricane formation and intensity in the Atlantic.

Two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft – one with an instrument suite geared toward measurement of the environment and the other with instruments suited specifically to hurricane structure and processes – carry seven instruments in total. Four of these instruments are, or contain, technologies developed through the Earth Science Technology Office Instrument Incubator Program (IIP). A new Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) project also began supporting HS3 in 2014, providing data optimization and collection planning tools to the operations team.


For more information on emerging technologies for Earth science, visit the NASA Earth Science Technology Office website.