Airborne Science Program

Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger

When does NASA’s Airborne Science Program fly?

Aircraft fly multiple times per year

Where is NASA’s Airborne Science Program?

0 to 13 miles (21 km) above Earth’s surface

What does NASA’s Airborne Science Program do?

The Airborne Science Program uses different kinds of aircraft to test the instruments that fly on spacecraft, such as satellites. The instruments on the airplanes also collect information about Earth’s atmosphere, sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets, and much more. This information helps to improve our understanding of how systems on Earth are connected.

Learn more about NASA’s Airborne Science Program.