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Aircraft Albedo Pod (ALPO)

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Project Introduction

ALPO is an effort to develop an airborne science instrument pod utilizing an advanced integration concept that minimizes structural impacts to the host aircraft. This proof of concept study will lead to a new NASA technology providing modular platforms for instrument development and could eventually leverage the high volume of DOD and commercial air traffic for collecting large coverage area Earth Science data measurements at a fraction of the cost of satellites.

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