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DC-8 - AFRC 08/28/21 - 08/29/21

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
CPEX-AW 2021
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:08/28/21 18:34 Z Finish:08/29/21 02:06 Z
Flight Time:7.5 hours
Log Number:218016PI:Amin Nehrir
Funding Source:Jack Kaye - NASA - SMD - ESD Director Research and Analysis
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Saturday, August 28: Science mission #5. 7.5 hour duration. Flight included Aeolus satellite underpass and convection sampling of tropical depression 10. ATC limited access to some areas of interest for the science team. One dropsonde was missed on the back side of the depression. Both areas of convection noted on satellite images were found and sampled. PIARCO oceanic has limited CPDLC capability which was also complicated by Iridium satellite coverage in their FIR. Communications were relayed via New York Radio as it doesn’t seem that PIARCO has HF capability. Mission planning staff will investigate options with PIARCO and New York Oceanic to improve operations in PIARCO FIR. Dropsonde connectivity for drops from high altitude (above FL300) is somewhat limited. The dropsonde team is installing an amplifier which should improve performance.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS150
Total Used72.4
Total Remaining77.6
218016 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
08/20/21 - 08/21/211370Science5.520.7129.30
08/21/21 - 08/22/211371Science6.827.5122.50
08/26/21 - 08/27/211373Science6.740.4109.60
08/28/21 - 08/29/211374Science7.547.9102.10

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