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ER-2 #809 08/30/13

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
Flight Time:7.4 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Coordinated flight with DC-8. Science teams are analyzing their data. The aircraft returned 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 08/30/13 - 08/31/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Flight Report – SEAC4RS ER-2, August 30, 2013 (Science flight #8)

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

Purpose of flight: A flight to study South-East US chemistry, in close coordination with A-Train overpass and the DC-8.

Take-off:  11:48 local (Central DST) (UTC start = 16:48, UTC end =00:12 Aug. 31)

Duration: 7.4 hrs

Notes:  ER-2 went ENE from Ellington towards the Centreville AERONET site and proceeded on the CALIPSO satellite ground track towards N. The first half of the leg along the satellite track had significant convection, the second half showed scattered low-level clouds. Satellite overpass occurred during ER-2 overflight of the Mingo AERONET ground site, where AOD was ~0.2 at 500nm at 19:04UT. At that point the DC-8 overflew the same location and flew a wall pattern. ER-2 then proceeded towards a location near the Ozarks (MO), where the DC-8 studied a hot spot of isoprene emissions. En route to that location, we decided to change the originally planned rosette pattern to a simple bow-tie pattern, because of convection picking up at the location and to allow time for over-flights of two other AERONET sites (Leland_HS and Centreville), which were measuring appreciable AOD of 0.4 and higher.  ER-2 overflew the two AERONET sites in the principal plane and carried out one dip to 45kft en route home. Communication between ER-2 flight scientist, ground pilot and pilot was excellent. Overall a successful remote sensing focused flight to support SEUS chemistry objectives.


Aircraft and instruments: Communication with instruments via Iridium and INMARSAT was poor again. AirMSPI took good data on the way to the CALIPSO ground track, but stopped working about 2 hrs into the flight. Issue is expected to be resolved before Monday’s flight. All other instruments appear to have worked nominally. Aircraft ready to go for science flight on Sept. 2, 2013.


Figure1: Flight tracks (planned and flown) of ER-2 (blue) and DC-8 (red) for ER-2 science flight #8, August 30, 2013 overlaid on GOES visible image at ~20:30UT.

Figure2: Altitude vs time plot for science flight #8, August 30, 2013.