The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Northrop Grumman Corporation have received a NASA Group Achievement Award, honored for the successful development of the first civilian use of the Global Hawk system for the NASA science community.
NASA obtained two Advanced Capability Technology Demonstration Global Hawks from the U.S. Air Force for Environment Science research in 2007. An agreement between NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Advanced Programs and Technology Division was signed in 2008, with a team established at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to retrofit, operate and maintain the aircraft for various operations. NASA and Northrop Grumman received the award for their use of a system that has increased capability for the NASA airborne science program.
“The strong partnership between NASA and Northrop Grumman enabled the Global Hawk team to recognize the individuals and the benefits of collaboration, reaching new capabilities and discoveries in earth science,” said Scott Winship, Advanced Concepts vice president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
The Space Act Agreement has allowed the team to make significant strides to prepare for missions. A NASA Global Hawk flew over the Pacific Ocean as part of the Global Hawk Pacific campaign in 2010, while a NASA Global Hawk was used to study atmospheric rivers earlier this year.