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NASA Aircraft Will Help Find Heavenly Coffee
Updated: Tue, May 08 5:17 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the search for a heavenly cup of coffee, NASA will
send an unmanned solar-powered aircraft soaring above a Hawaiian plantation
so growers know exactly when to pick the beans for the most flavorful brew.
The craft will take color images of the crops and give precise information,
down to the day, on when to harvest, which could be a key to producing
excellent coffee, NASA said in a statement on Tuesday.
The project is part of a science demonstration program to show that
unpiloted aircraft can carry scientific payloads for long missions at
altitudes that would stymie a human pilot in a traditional plane.
The research team will use the Pathfinder-Plus aircraft, a high-altitude
solar-powered craft that is basically one huge wing with eight propellers,
to loiter for long periods over crop fields during the harvest season.
After flights over the largest coffee plantation in America, the Kauai
Coffee Company plantation, the research team led by Clark University of
Worcester, Massachusetts, will brief coffee industry officials on its
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