NASA Selects Aviation Instrument Technologies Inc. to provide Advanced Doppler
Weather Radar for the Global Hawk
Zephyrhills, Florida November 1st Aviation Instrument Technologies Inc. was awarded a
contract by the NASA Global Hawk Project, Dryden Flight Research Center to provide advanced weather radar detection equipment to be installed in two of the 6 NASA Global Hawks.
The kits contain equipment for installation in both the Aircraft and the Global
Hawk ground station. The Doppler weather radar equipment installed in the air vehicle
detects hazardous weather and encodes that data for transmission to the ground station.
Equipment installed in the ground station decodes the information and presents weather
radar in color on a moving map display for the Global Hawk pilots. For the first time, Global Hawk pilots will have this advanced weather radar information to avoid dangerous convective activity and thunder storms. Work will be performed in Zephyrhills, Fl and Dryden Flight Research Center.
The Global Hawk is the biggest and most sophisticated UAV in the world. It has a range of over 11,000 NM, endurance of 30 hours and operating altitudes as high as 60,000 feet. Weather data information is critical for some of NASA's upcoming planned
science missions over hurricanes next season. Storm cells in these Atlantic and Gulf hurricanes can build above 60,000 feet in severe conditions. Flying at 60,000 feet the Global Hawk is in a critical flight regime and must avoid turbulence associated with
convective activity and lightning strikes. In these extreme conditions Aviation Instrument Technologies Inc. equipment gives NASA the edge in mission
success and aircraft survival.
Aviation Instrument Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design, development and
production of custom instruments, control panels and displays for military, commercial and industrial applications. For further information please contact David Teichman at 813-783-3361