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Global Hawk #872 08/29/16 - 08/30/16

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Flight Number: 
872-0172
Payload Configuration: 
NOAA SHOUT HRR
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
23.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:KWFFTo:KWFF
Start:08/29/16 22:19 Z Finish:08/30/16 22:08 Z
Flight Time:23.8 hours
Log Number:16H004PI:Gary Wick
Funding Source:Robbie Hood - NOAA - UAS Program Manager
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:SHOUT 2016 Hurricane Rapid Response Launches 3rd Science Flight Over TD 8 & TD 9 NASA/NOAA Global Hawk concludes 24 hour mission after dropping a record 90 sondes supplying real-time data to the National Hurricane Center. The NOAA Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SHOUT) flew the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft taking off the evening of August 29th from NASA Wallops Flight Center over two tropical depressions threatening to make U. S. landfall within the next 24-48 hours. The aircraft flew flight track southward over Tropical Depression Eight (TD-8) off Cape Hatteras and then southwestward to TD-9 southwest of the Florida Keys as shown in the above image superimposed upon a NOAA GOES East visible satellite image, which also shows Hurricane GASTON East of Bermuda, flown by 24-hour Global Hawk missions on 24-25 Aug and 27-28 Aug. The SHOUT Team flying the NASA Global Hawk concluded the 24 hour mission at 1800 EDT August 30th after dropping a record 90 sondes into Topical Depression (TD) 8 & 9 in close coordination with the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Once again, this real-time data influenced the NHC's forecast and was mentioned in the Tropic Weather Discussion: TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE DISCUSSION NUMBER 7 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092016 400 AM CDT TUE AUG 30 2016 "Although there has been an increase in convection over the southeastern portion of the depression's circulation, the system is still being affected by westerly shear, with the low-level center exposed to the west of the deep convection. Recent observations from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft and the unmanned NASA Global Hawk indicate that the tropical cyclone remains just below tropical storm strength. The NOAA aircraft has reported peak flight level winds in the southeastern quadrant of 32 kt, and believable SFMR winds of around 30 kt. A dropsonde from the Global Hawk reported 33 kt surface winds, but the mean-layer wind over the lowest 150 m support winds closer to 30 kt. A very recent center drop from the unmanned aircraft indicate that the minimum pressure is 1003 mb." Forecaster Brown SHOUT's Co-PI, Jason Dunion, coordinated with the NHC throughout the mission, optimizing the flight pattern designs to capture both atmospheric events. "This was a great demonstration of man and unmanned aircraft teaming as the NOAA WP-3 was flying TD-9 and providing data at the same time," says Dunion. "More good things will follow." The National Center for Atmospheric Research's Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System's (AVAPS) operated flawlessly throughout this record setting mission. AVAPS PI, Terry Hock, was present as the final dropsondes were being launched. The operational capabilities of this system continue to grow. The SHOUT Team continues to take advantage of the successes during NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) moving closer to AVAPS' standard operations from unmanned aircraft. The NOAA Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SHOUT) flew the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft taking off the evening of August 29th from NASA Wallops Flight Center over two tropical depressions threatening to make U. S. landfall within the next 24-48 hours. The aircraft flew flight track southward over Tropical Depression Eight (TD-8) off Cape Hatteras and then southwestward to TD-9 southwest of the Florida Keys as shown in the above image superimposed upon a NOAA GOES East visible satellite image, which also shows Hurricane GASTON East of Bermuda, flown by 24-hour Global Hawk missions on 24-25 Aug and 27-28 Aug. The SHOUT Team flying the NASA Global Hawk concluded the 24 hour mission at 1800 EDT August 30th after dropping a record 90 sondes into Topical Depression (TD) 8 & 9 in close coordination with the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Once again, this real-time data influenced the NHC's forecast and was mentioned in the Tropic Weather Discussion: TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE DISCUSSION NUMBER 7 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092016 400 AM CDT TUE AUG 30 2016 "Although there has been an increase in convection over the southeastern portion of the depression's circulation, the system is still being affected by westerly shear, with the low-level center exposed to the west of the deep convection. Recent observations from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft and the unmanned NASA Global Hawk indicate that the tropical cyclone remains just below tropical storm strength. The NOAA aircraft has reported peak flight level winds in the southeastern quadrant of 32 kt, and believable SFMR winds of around 30 kt. A dropsonde from the Global Hawk reported 33 kt surface winds, but the mean-layer wind over the lowest 150 m support winds closer to 30 kt. A very recent center drop from the unmanned aircraft indicate that the minimum pressure is 1003 mb." Forecaster Brown SHOUT's Co-PI, Jason Dunion, coordinated with the NHC throughout the mission, optimizing the flight pattern designs to capture both atmospheric events. "This was a great demonstration of man and unmanned aircraft teaming as the NOAA WP-3 was flying TD-9 and providing data at the same time we were," says Dunion. "More good things will follow." The National Center for Atmospheric Research's Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System's (AVAPS) operated flawlessly throughout this record setting mission. AVAPS PI, Terry Hock, was present as the final dropsondes were being launched. The operational capabilities of this system continue to grow as the SHOUT Team takes advantage of the successes during NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) moving closer to AVAPS' standard operations from unmanned aircraft. -- John "JC" Coffey Cherokee Nation Company supporting: NOAA UAS Program Office National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SSMC3/ OAR-R/ Room 11100 1315 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910 Email: John.J.Coffey@noaa.gov Office Telephone: 301-734-1104 Cell Telephone: 904-923-1709
Flight Hour Summary: 
16H00417H006
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS220
Flight Hours Previously Approved 54
Total Used16673.2
Total Remaining -19.2
17H006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/05/16 - 10/06/16872-0177Science24.724.729.3
10/07/16 - 10/08/16872-0178Science23.748.45.6
10/09/16 - 10/10/16872-0179Science24.873.2-19.2
16H004 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
07/27/16872-0168Check4.94.9215.1
08/19/16872-0169Ferry10.315.2204.8
08/24/16 - 08/25/16872-0170Science23.939.1180.9
08/26/16 - 08/27/16872-0171Science23.862.9157.1
08/29/16 - 08/30/16872-0172Science23.886.7133.3
09/01/16 - 09/02/16872-0173Science22.8109.5110.5
09/22/16 - 09/23/16872-0174Science24133.586.5
09/24/16 - 09/25/16872-0175Science22.8156.363.7
09/28/16872-0176Ferry9.716654

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