The UK part of the mission is CAST –
Coordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics and will be using a UK owned
aircraft – the BAe-146. NASA will be flying with their Global Hawk
unmanned aerial vehicle as part of the ATTREX campaign and NCAR will be
using their Gulfstream V aircraft as part of CONTRAST.
What makes this research so exciting
is it will be the first time that a research aircraft from the UK and
two aircraft provided by NASA, and NCAR, have flown together through the
atmosphere taking measurements. By flying three research aircraft in
this way the researchers can gather information about the different
layers of the atmosphere and gain critical understanding about how it
behaves in such a unique region of the world.
The researchers are writing blogs so
that we, stuck at home in the rainy and windy UK, can learn more about
what they are doing and why. They will also be tweeting and facebooking
their research and making a series of short videos about the work they
are doing – so watch this space.
From the 30th June to the 6th
July, members of the CAST research project will be available at the
Royal Society Summer Science exhibition for members of the public to
visit and discuss different science projects taking place over the UK.
Official blog post of the CAST project:
Blogs from researchers involved in this research mission:
@CAST_guam – twitter account of the project
@faam146 – unofficial twitter account of the aircraft