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B-200 (UC-12B) - LARC 11/28/12

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Flight Number: 
DAWN R-009
Payload Configuration: 
DAWN Wind Profiler LIDAR
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
2.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:11/28/12 17:57 Z Finish:11/28/12 20:14 Z
Flight Time:2.3 hours
Log Number:13B007 - Completed as of this flight.PI:Michael Kavaya
Funding Source:Bruce Fisher - NASA - SMD - ESD LARC Chief Engineer, Research Services Directorate
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Flew over water wind profile pattern. Went out to start pattern at 5000'. Some lower clouds around 3500' so descended to 2000'. After 45 mins or so the instrument temperature started to reach its upper limits. As the clouds cleared we moved up in altitude to try and help lower the instrument temperature, first to 3000' then 10,000' and eventualy 20,000'. Unfortunately the instrument temperature never recovered and we called for RTB. This flight ended the current phase of flights. The researchers will be deintegrating the instrument on Friday. Despite the issues on todays flight the research team is very happy with the results of the flight experiment. As a proof of concept effort they have been very successful in accomplishing their goals. The issues encountered and challenges overcome during these flights have given them much needed insight into the operational environment and will better prepared them for follow on flight activity proposed for the coming spring.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS25
Total Used21.9
Total Remaining3.1
13B007 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/22/12DAWN I-001Science1.51.523.5
10/24/12DAWN I-002Science2.74.220.8
11/01/12DAWN R-003Science2.36.518.5
11/02/12DAWN R-004Science2.38.816.2
11/06/12DAWN R-005Science1.910.714.3
11/16/12DAWN R-006Science2.613.311.7
11/20/12DAWN R-007Science3.516.88.2
11/26/12DAWN R-008Science2.819.65.4
11/28/12DAWN R-009Science2.321.93.1

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