Explosive Fire Activity in Australia

January 6, 2020 – Pyrocumulonimbus. Fire clouds. Flammagenitus. Fire-breathing dragon of clouds. There are several terms for the towering clouds that occasionally rise above the smoke plumes of wildfires and volcanic eruptions. After several fire-triggered clouds sprang up in quick succession on January 4, 2020, and December 29, 2019, Australians have been getting familiar with all of those names. Victoria…

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NASA’s X-59 QueSST Airplane Takes Shape at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

October 10, 2019 – In the high desert of California, some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been built and flown. NASA’s X-59 QueSST (short for Quiet SuperSonic Technology) is an experimental piloted aircraft designed to fly faster than sound without producing the annoying – if not alarming – sonic booms of previous supersonic aircraft. It is…

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Collaboration Between U.S. Navy, NOAA, and Global Space Agency Scientists Advances Monitoring and Forecasting of Tropical Cyclones

June 24, 2019 – On the morning of October 7, 2018, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, began issuing advisories on the newly formed tropical depression Michael. Armed with an impressive observation network comprised of aircraft, radars, buoys, and state-of-the-art sensing technologies to monitor the system’s position, intensity and size, the NHC’s forecast track had Tyndall…

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How Atmospheric Sounding Transformed Weather Prediction

May 2, 2019 – Each day, weather satellites take hundreds of thousands of atmospheric soundings to gather data for forecasting. The groundbreaking idea of using this method dates to the late 1950’s, when Earth-observing satellites were a brand-new technology. Scientist Lewis Kaplan, who worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, developed…

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USS John P. Murtha underway for NASA Orion mission testing

October 30, 2018 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is underway to conduct Underway Recovery Test (URT) 7 in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California. URT is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover…

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Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

September 4, 2018 – In August 2018, long, narrow clouds stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean. Known as ship tracks, the distinctive clouds form when water vapor condenses around the tiny particles emitted by ships in their exhaust. Ship tracks typically form in areas where thin, low-lying stratus and cumulus clouds…

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NOAA’s GOES-S to boost weather forecast accuracy for western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

NOAA is one month away from launching GOES-S, its newest geostationary weather satellite that will begin providing faster, more accurate data to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. “The GOES-S satellite will join GOES-16 and NOAA-20 as NOAA continues to upgrade its satellite fleet,” said Secretary of Commerce…

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Navy, NASA complete underway recovery test in Pacific

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA’s Orion test article (module), Jan. 23. Underway Recovery Test-6 (URT-6) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space. This marks the fourth completion of a URT aboard Anchorage. NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors…

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USS Anchorage departs for NASA’s Orion mission

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an Underway Recovery Test (URT) in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 17. URT-6 is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover…

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NASA astronaut candidate has ties to NAWCWD

Marine Corps Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli, who was a test pilot with Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 from March 2014 to August 2015, was recently selected for NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. NASA received a record-breaking 18,300 applicants for the 2017 class, and it was the largest class selected since the year 2000,…

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U.S. Navy Mission 22 Team Develops ‘Game Changing’ Unmanned Capability

What do NASA space crews and Navy Sly Fox mission engineers have in common? Both leave the comforts of the ordinary to explore a higher, unfamiliar realm while testing possibilities and expanding capabilities. Their dispatches about discoveries, innovations, and experiences continue to fascinate people from all walks of life. ”As we move forward into the future, unmanned systems will allow…

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