Development of Educational Program Using NASA’s Environmental Research Aircraft Sensor Technology

Development of an educational program using NASA’s Environmental Research Aircraft Sensor Technology (ERAST) has begun. This is a cooperative project with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, and the Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium. The team is creating Internet-based and real-time educational resources covering: high-altitude flight, aircraft control systems, electric solar power and storage, flight planning and operations, remote sensing fundamentals; and atmospheric, land, and oceanographic measurements. Pathfinder, one of the aircraft developed for the ERAST program, operated from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai during the summers of ’97 and ’98.

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