NASA, which began a five-year mission in 2012 to research changes in hurricane formation and intensity over the Atlantic Ocean, will send two unmanned aircraft over the ocean this summer to learn more. The U.S. government agency will host a Google+ Hangout with four panelists tomorrow, July 23, to discuss research already completed and this summer’s flights.
The lead scientist for this summer’s flights will talk about the process NASA will use to look inside the hurricanes, and a Global Hawk pilot will focus on unmanned flying over tropical cyclones.
Anyone interested in asking questions of the panelists can do so on Twitter or Google+ with hashtag #askNASAHS3 before the event. Questions can also be submitted before the event on the NASA Facebook page.
The mission, dubbed Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, began last year at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.
This summer, a pair of NASA Global Hawk aircraft will take flight “measuring the environment around a tropical cyclone and the other with instruments looking into the storms,” according to a news release from NASA.
The Google+ Hangout panelists are:
• Scott Braun, HS3 principal investigator, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.;
• Tom Miller, Global Hawk pilot, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.;
• Marilyn Vasques, HS3 project manager, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; and
• Brian McNoldy, senior research associate, University of Miami, Fla., Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.