The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment was a NASA Earth science field experiment conducted 5 August – 30 September 2010 to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. NASA used the DC-8 aircraft and the Global Hawk Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) configured with a suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments that were used to observe ... and characterize the lifecycle of hurricanes. This campaign also capitalized on a number of ground networks and space-based assets, in addition the instruments deployed on aircraft from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (DC-8) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, California (Global Hawk).
This dataset contains aircraft navigational data obtained during the GRIP campaign (15 Aug 2010 - 30 Sep 2010). The NASA DC-8 is outfitted with a navigational recording system which in combination with REVEAL provides detailed flight parameters such as airspeed, altitude, roll/pitch/yaw angles, ground speed, flight level wind speed, temperature and many others.
The Research Environment for Vehicle-Embedded Analysis on Linux (REVEAL) system is a configurable embedded system for facilitating integration of instrument payloads with vehicle systems and communication links. REVEAL systems currently serve as onboard data acquisition, processing, and recording systems. NASA has Altair-Class REVEAL systems operating on several airborne science platforms, including ER-2, DC-8, WB-57F, P-3B Orion and G-III. This class of full-featured instruments is roughly the size of a loaf of bread and weighs 10-20 lbs.