NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice.
KUAC (http://is.gd/7qFa8C) reports the long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology for satellite applications.
The three-week project using airborne laser technology will allow scientists to get a preview of a satellite mission NASA plans to launch in 2017. It’s also a follow-up to a 2012 scan in Iceland using the laser technology, known as lidar.
The flights are being conducted at 65,000 feet over Arctic sea ice and Alaska glaciers.
Assistant NASA research scientist Kelly Blunt says the project will be used to develop a computer program to interpret the data collected.
The project operating out of Fairbanks began July 12 and continues until Aug. 1.
Information from: KUAC-FM, http://www.kuac.org
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