May 17, 2013 in News
Hot on the tail of a trip to the arctic Directflight’s ARA team have taken the aircraft to the USA to work in the deserts of Arizona. The aircraft will be based in Tucson Arizona for a month, flying over the southern USA, Mexico and the Gulf of California.
The campaign, titled SALSTICE, is a follow on campaign to the JAIVEx/IASI campaign of 2007 that was based out in Houston, Texas. Working with NASA and the US Department of Agriculture the campaign team intend to calibrate meteorological satellites and add to the data supporting computer climate models for the region.
The campaign aims to calibrate the data received from meteorological satellites by shadowing their tracks and comparing the data received. Operating at 32,000 feet the ARA will be overflown by NASA’s ER-2 high altitude airborne science aircraft at 60,000 feet, with the satellites collecting data immediately above in a near earth orbit.