The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other U.S. science research agencies operate a fleet of research aircraft and other airborne platforms that offer diverse capabilities. To inform NASA's future investments in airborne platforms, this study examines whether a large aircraft that would replace the current NASA DC-8 is needed to address Earth system science questions, and the role of other airborne platforms for achieving future Earth system science research goals.
Table of Contents
|2 Setting the Stage: The Role of Airborne Platforms in Earth System Science||17-34|
|3 The DC-8 Airborne Research Platform||35-56|
|4 The Role of Airborne Platforms in Addressing Emerging Science||57-126|
|5 Workforce Training and Development||127-136|
|6 Recommendations for the Future Need of a Large Aircraft||137-146|
|Appendix A: Committee Member Biographies||173-182|
|Appendix B: Statement of Task||183-184|
|Appendix C: Acronyms||185-188|
|Appendix D: 2017 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey Table 3.2||189-202|
|Appendix E: Atmospheric Chemistry Detailed Measurements||203-214|
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