Thursday, December 19, 2013
Northrop Grumman, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and a team of international science organizations flew a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system through Canadian airspace as part of a mission to collect environmental data in the Canadian Arctic. The Global Hawk was equipped with an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar as well as a high resolution camera to conduct ground mapping and visual observation of Arctic ice caps during the 21-hour flight. Information collected during this flight will be used by American and Canadian scientists to study changes in topography and Arctic ice caps. The flight was the first time the NASA Global Hawk has flown through Canadian civil airspace. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.