The agency hopes to start science missions in March. NASA atmospheric physicist Paul Newman says the drone’s first task will be to help the agency calibrate satellite measurements of the ozone layer. “We’ll also have a number of instruments that measure aerosols,” Newman adds. “We’ll use this to estimate the cross-Pacific transport of air pollution and aerosols.” No doubt, robot aircraft for science are really taking off.
This article was originally published with the title Invasion of the Drones.