NASA’s first science flight using a former U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAV was completed over the Pacific on April 7. The flight was the first of five scheduled for this month’s Global Hawk Pacific mission to study atmospheric science over the Pacific and Arctic oceans. During the 14-hr. flight, the UAV flew approximately 4,500 nm. along a flight path that took it to just south of Alaska’s Kodiak Island and reached an altitude of 60,900 ft.

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