The Sensor Network is a key enabling technology for airborne science, extending real-time sensor webs to the core NASA science aircraft. It is intended to leverage simultaneous but independent supporting measurements, and to maximize science return from complex and expensive multi-aircraft science campaigns. When coupled with the web-based Mission Tools Suite, it enables interactive mission re-planning and flexible experiment design; and allows investigators to take full advantage of new sensor technologies (e.g. "smart" and/or reconfigurable sensors.) The flight hardware described in this section, together with its embedded software, was all designed and built at the ASF.
These are the critical pieces of equipment involved in the Airborne Sensor Network: