An initial test bed of six radars, located in and around Oklahoma, began delivering real time base data in early 1999 with virtually no interruptions, and now has been expanded to 16 radars to serve as the prototype for a national system. About a year ago, the National Climatic Data Center began ingesting compressed base data, via CRAFT, and now is acquiring data from 15 of the 16 CRAFT radars, via the Abilene backbone, and archiving them directly onto the hierarchical data storage system. More recently, other groups, including the NWS Telecommunications Gateway, have experimented with the CRAFT ingest system.
We describe in this paper recent progress and future plans of Project CRAFT, with emphasis on proposed data delivery architectures and testing strategies for research and education, operations, and commercial application. We further discuss the transition to Open-RPG, metrics of system reliability and security, results from preliminary data mining studies, and opportunities for the future.