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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.

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These are the critical pieces of equipment involved in the Airborne Sensor Network:

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Link Module
Telemetry Controller and Mass Storage Device
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Master Payload Control System
Aircraft Instrument Power Multiswitch
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Experimenter Interface Panel
Aircraft Instrument Communications Multiswitch
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