Ikhana : A NASA UAS Supporting Long Duration Earth Science Missions
- Cobleigh, B.
- June 25, 2007.
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- 1 electronic document
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- The NASA Ikhana unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a General Atomics Ae ronautical Systems Inc. (San Diego, California) MQ-9 Predator-B modif ied to support the conduct of Earth science missions for the NASA Sci ence Mission Directorate and, through partnerships, other government agencies and universities. It can carry over 2000 lb of experiment p ayloads in the avionics bay and external pods and is capable of missi on durations in excess of 24 hours at altitudes above 40,000 ft. The aircraft is remotely piloted from a mobile ground control station (GC S) that is designed to be deployable by air, land, or sea. On-board s upport capabilities include an instrumentation system and an Airborne Research Test System (ARTS). The Ikhana project will complete GCS d evelopment, science support systems integration, external pod integra tion and flight clearance, and operations crew training in early 2007 . A large-area remote sensing mission is currently scheduled for Summ er 2007.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20070026136.
32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment; 25-29 June 2007; San Jose; Costa Rica.
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