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Published November 1996 | Published
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Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS)


A remotely piloted aircraft research facility is described that will provide new capabilities for atmospheric and oceanographic measurements. The aircraft can fly up to 24 h over remote ocean regions, at low or high altitude, and in various other challenging mission scenarios. The aircraft will fly research missions at speeds of 40 m s^(−1) and provide high spatial resolution measurements. Data will be transmitted in real time to a ground station for analysis and decision-making purposes. The facility will expand the opportunities for universities to participate in field measurement programs.

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© 1996 American Meteorological Society. In final form 10 June 1996. Initial funding of CIRPAS and the initial science studies will be funded by the Office of Naval Research. CIRPAS is cooperating with the NASA/Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology Program.

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