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Media Day Planned for First NASA Global Hawk Science Campaign

February 24, 2010

Reporters are invited to a media day in April to observe the first environmental science mission of NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The Global Hawk Pacific 2010 mission, or GloPac, will involve a series of long-duration flights by the autonomously operated aircraft. The flights will travel over the Pacific Ocean south to the equator, west past Hawaii, and north into the Arctic. Ten instruments on the aircraft will collect a wide range of atmospheric data.

The media day is tentatively scheduled for April 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PST. News media will have the opportunity to view the Global Hawk, tour the aircraft hangar and ground operations center, and talk with mission personnel.

Presentations will be made by principal investigators Paul Newman of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., David Fahey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo., and Global Hawk project manager Chris Naftel from Dryden.

To obtain credentials, journalists must submit a request to Beth Hagenauer, Dryden public affairs, by phone at 661-276-7960/3449 or by e-mail to beth.hagenauer@nasa.gov. Requests for foreign nationals and U.S. citizens representing foreign-based media are due March 5. The deadline for U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens representing domestic media is March 31.

All requests must include full name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, the last six digits of social security number and driver’s license number, including issuing state. In addition, foreign nationals must provide their citizenship, visa or passport number, country of issue and expiration date. Foreign nationals with permanent residency also must provide their alien registration number and expiration date.

For more information about the GloPac mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/research/GloPac




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