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ER-2 #809 08/16/13

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Flight Time:7.8 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Coordinated ER-2/DC-8 science flight based out of EFD. Objectives were primarily for North American Monsoon. All 15 instruments were installed and working. Aircraft in good shape.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS166
Total Used164.6
Total Remaining1.4
132301 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
08/02/13 - 08/03/1313-9049Science6.59.5156.5
08/06/13 - 08/07/1313-9050Science8.417.9148.1
09/06/13 - 09/07/1313-9062Science8109.156.9
09/09/13 - 09/10/1313-9063Science8.1117.248.8
09/11/13 - 09/12/1313-9064Science7.6124.841.2

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Related Science Report: 

SEAC4RS - ER-2 #809 08/16/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Flight Report – SEAC4RS ER-2, August 16, 2013 (Science flight #3)

Prepared by: Jens Redemann (Jens.Redemann-1@nasa.gov)

Purpose of flight: A NAM survey flight of the South-West United States, followed by a smoke study over Eastern Colorado, finishing with a boundary study of Eastern Texas (mostly DC-8); first two thirds of flight in coordination with the DC-8.

Take-off:  9:10 local (Central DST) (UTC start = 14:10, UTC end = 21:58)

Duration: 7.8 hrs

Notes: Take-off at 9:10 local (Central DST), encountered remnants of MCS near Houston en route to first waypoint. Multiple descents and ascents along the US-Mexico border as planned and across gradient of NAM anticyclone. Changed location of center point of ER-2/DC-8 smoke coordination pattern in flight. Some issues with time coordination - may not have had the DC-8 at lowest altitude until about 30 mins after ER-2 overpass. Some adjustments to flight track and pilot cockpit switch patterns in response to coordination request with NPP satellite overpass at 20:00UT. MMS pattern NW of Houston at 55kft. Communication between flight scientist, ground pilot and pilot excellent, as usual. Need improvement in communicating ER-2 flight plan to ER-2 experimenters the day before flights.

Aircraft and instruments: INMARSAT link issues seem to be improving. Together with Iridium link this allows instrument PIs to monitor the status and health of their instruments. Most instruments appear to have worked nominally as far as limited in-flight and quick-look analyses showed. Some problems with SSFR platform. No aircraft issues. Aircraft ready to go for science flight on August 19, 2013.

Figure1: Flight track of ER-2 (blue) and DC-8 (red) for ER-2 science flight #3, August 16, 2013 overlaid on GOES visible MTS image.

Figure2: Altitude vs time flight plan for science flight #3, August 16, 2013.






Figure1: Flight track of ER-2 (blue) and DC-8 (red) for ER-2 science flight #3, August 16, 2013 overlaid on GOES visible MTS image.

Figure 2: Altitude vs time flight plan for test flight #2, August 02, 2013.