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||15-28|
|3 The DC8 Airborne Research Platform||29-46|
|4 The Role of Airborne Platforms in Addressing Emerging Science||47-102|
|5 Workforce Training and Development||103-110|
|6 Recommendations for the Future Need of a Large Aircraft||111-118|
|Appendix A: Committee Member Biographies||139-146|
|Appendix B: Statement of Task||147-148|
|Appendix C: Acronyms||149-152|
|Appendix D: 2017 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey Table 3.2||153-164|
|Appendix E: Atmospheric Chemistry Detailed Measurements||165-172|
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