Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:24 AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

NOAA P-3:

Today, Thursday, August 16, 2012

NOAA42 currently flying over the Gulf of Mexico to  sample a warm ocean eddy and a cold region just northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula that is of research interest. NOAA42 will drop ocean measuring expendable instruments such as (AXCPS, AXBTs and AXCTDs) to sample the ocean. Here’s today’s flight pattern. The dots in the image represent the launch locations of the instruments.

UAS Gale test flight

On Tuesday (8/14) NOAA42 flew the Gale UAS test flight mission. The NOAA42 successfully launched the Gale UAS during flight. The Gale UAS met 7 out of the 8 requirements on the checklist to deem the flight a successful mission. The Gale UAS was unrecoverable but the team is evaluating the mission results for future improvements.