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NASA 'fire towers' in space watch for wildfires on the rise

09 August 2013

The Black Forest wildfire this June was one of the most destructive in Colorado history, in terms of homes lost. It started close to houses and quickly spread through the ponderosa pine canopies on the rolling hills near Colorado Springs. The wildfire destroyed 500 homes in the first 48 hours and killed two people.

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Seeing which way the wind blows: New doppler radar takes flight on this summer's HS3 mission

31 July 2013

Most aircraft carrying Doppler radar look like they've grown a tail, developed a dorsal fin, or sprouted a giant pancake on their backs. But when the unmanned Global Hawk carries a radar system this summer, its cargo will be hard to see. The autonomous and compact High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, or HIWRAP, a dual-frequency conical-scanning Doppler radar, will hang under the aircraft's belly as it flies above hurricanes to measure wind and rain and to test a new method for retrieving wind data.

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SpaceX wins contract to launch Canadian radar satellites

30 July 2013

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch all three satellites for Canada's planned RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) in 2018 aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket, the Hawthorne, Calif., rocket maker announced Tuesday (30 July).

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