I was checking local activity this AM and noticed this (assuming) RQ-4 Global Hawk currently at 55,000+ feet.

I am assuming this is affiliated with Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards.

I found this interesting: … lobal_Hawk


In December 2007, two Global Hawks were transferred from the U.S. Air Force to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Initial research activities beginning in the second quarter of 2009 will support NASA’s high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions. The two Global Hawks were the first and sixth aircraft built under the original DARPA Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program, and were made available to NASA when the Air Force had no further need for them. Northrop Grumman is an operational partner with NASA and will use the aircraft to demonstrate new technologies and to develop new markets for the aircraft, including possible civilian uses.


Could also be part of this data collection mission: … 11_10.html

Must be.

A simplified coordinate of the flight on Runwayfinder is linked.

Link to current map:;D … W&view=vfr

How come it says NASA872— RQ-4. And then it says NASA872— GTWN???

I was curious about GTWN too, but it’s not in JO 7110.65. :frowning:

Billions over budget and years behind schedule… that’s all I’ll say about the robot. :confused: