Project PoSSUM has announced it has completed a high-altitude research campaign to use a CT-155 ´Hawk´ training aircraft to study noctilucent clouds, the company said.
The research was located at the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
The research was part of a recent collaboration between Project PoSSUM and the Royal Canadian Air Force 15 Wing at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Flying at night and at high altitudes, noctilucent clouds reveal fine signatures of mesospheric turbulence which can´t be discerned from the ground. PoSSUM is a nonprofit citizen-science astronautics research organization (projectpossum.org).
The campaign extends upon research conducted by PoSSUM last July in High Level, Alberta where 17 PoSSUM members tested NASA-funded camera systems from a Mooney aircraft.
This October, PoSSUM will return to Canada to evaluate prototype space suits in microgravity with the National Research Council in Ottawa. Eventually, the team plans to use next-generation suborbital spacecraft to build tomographic (3D) models of the mesosphere.
PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) is a non-profit research and education organization conducting upper-atmospheric and space technology research while communicating the science through educational outreach programs held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.