Advancing Earth Research Observations with Kites and Atmospheric/Terrestrial Sensors (AEROKATS) is a NASA research and development program run out of the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, that focuses on the use of low cost kite-borne remote sensing and in situ atmospheric sensor systems called Aeropods, for earth systems observation and research.

Current Partnerships

A couple examples of
AREOKATS partnerships and projects

View of students from Aeropod
Aerial image mosaic of Assateague Island beach

Schools across the country using kites in science education ↑

↑ National Park Service mapping the beach along Assateague, MD

Josh teaching about snow distribution on sea ice in Alaska

↓ Sallie monitoring invasive species and seasonal changes

Aerial image of sea ice with tracks and mounds of snow
Aerial view of salt marsh and beach

AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) Model

Typical NASA mission model consolidated to AREN model

The AREN model is distilled from a typical NASA Mission Model for use in a broader educational and research environment. Notably, Sensor Systems and Platform Systems have been combined into Technology, and Mission Operations and Project Support have been grouped into the broader category of Operations.