Altair unmanned aircraft system achieves demonstration goals Journal Article uri icon



  • In the early morning of 15 November 2005, the unmanned Altair aircraft returned to Gray Butte Airfield, north of Los Angeles, Calif., after completing an 18.4‐hour mission over the eastern Pacific Ocean. The flight was the last in a series undertaken by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Demonstration Project. The successful flight series has helped start the era of unmanned flights in service of environmental goals. Altair cruised at altitudes in the lower stratosphere (13 kilo‐meters; ∼43,000 feet), collecting atmospheric data with a 140‐kilogram payload of both remote and in situ instruments.

publication date

  • May 16, 2006

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  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • April 6, 2014 6:05 AM

Full Author List

  • Fahey DW; Churnside JH; Elkins JW; Gasiewski AJ; Rosenlof KH; Summers S; Aslaksen M; Jacobs TA; Sellars JD; Jennison CD

author count

  • 12

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0096-3941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2324-9250

Additional Document Info

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