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HIPPO III Research Flight 09 :: Hawaii to Alaska

HIPPO III RF09 :: Forward CameraApril 13, 2010

Research Flight 09 from Hawaii to Alaska was particularly exciting because of the added support that HIPPO received from NASA's Global Hawk aircraft. The Global Hawk is the lastest advancement in atmospheric research conducted by an aircraft. With the ability to fly up to altitudes of 65,000' (19.8 km) and with a range of 30 hours, this unmanned aircraft is bound to enhance the study of our atmosphere.

While flying on its first 24-hour flight, the Global Hawk flew a similar flight path as the G-V to collect data with similar instruments, but at higher altitudes, which expands the data sets that the HIPPO crew collected during their flight.

Can you count how many dips the G-V performed during this flight by looking at the banner image?

HIPPO Project Manager, Pavel Romashkin, reported "On RF09 we have seen a couple of large container ships, sailing West. Over the Alaskan peninsula the weather was fairly clear and a vast snow covered land was before us, looking cold even from 13 km above. Meandering rivers and snow capped mountains looked as if there has never been a human in there, yet there are the U.S. military stationed there at all time! Now those are some tough people. Further in the flight the G-V turned East and cruised above a vast Alaskan and Aleutian mountain ranges. Flowing glaciers and endless mountain peaks, rugged and intimidating, were a spectacular sight in the fading daylight, casting long shadows on snow covered mountain lakes."

HIPPO III :: RF09 Eric & Steve
Eric & Steve discuss data during flight
HIPPO III :: RF09 Alaskan Range
Alaskan Range
About HIPPO

HIPPO is a landmark study for many reasons, not the least of which is it is the first time scientists have systematically mapped global distribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, covering the full troposphere in all seasons and multiple years.

HIPPO Dates
  • HIPPO I :: 8 January-30 January 2009
  • HIPPO II :: 31 October-22 November 2009
  • HIPPO III :: 24 March-16 April 2010
  • HIPPO IV :: 14 June-11 July 2011
  • HIPPO V :: 9 August-9 September 2011