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ER-2 #809 09/16/13

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:09/16/13 14:55 Z Finish:09/16/13 22:55 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The objective for this flight was to fly as far south as possible to study stratospheric structure, and then to fly west and north into the remnants of Tropical Storm Ingrid observing cirrus outflow along the Mexican coast. The ER-2 made several dips from 65K ft. to between 40K and 50K ft. for in situ sampling. The aircraft returned requiring maintenance on flap drive boots. Work is also required on the SSFR instrument. The aircraft will be ready for the next flight on 9/18.
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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SEAC4RS - ER-2 #809 09/16/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Flight Report – SEAC4RS ER-2, September 16, 2013


Prepared by: Richard Ferrare (richard.a.ferrare@nasa.gov)

Purpose of flight:  The science goals for this flight were to: 1) acquire remote sensing data over cirrus, 2) transit far south to acquire in situ trace gas measurements associated with colder temperatures and observe aging of air, 3) observe sub-visual cirrus, 4) measure outflow from TS Ingrid, 5) perform MMS calibration maneuvers.
Pilot: Stu Broce

Takeoff: 9:55 CDT

Duration: 8.0 hours


The ER-2 flew first SE over the Gulf over clear skies on the way southeast toward the Caribbean. At a latitude of about 23 deg, the ER-2 headed southeast along the 900 km leg designed for the remote sensors to observe cirrus and convective clouds.  This leg went just east of the Yucatan Peninsula and east of Honduras. There were extensive clouds along this leg and CPL observed extensive cirrus clouds. However, the CPL measurements did not give an indication of subvisual cirrus along this leg. After reaching the end of this leg at a latitude of about 15.5 deg, the ER-2 reversed course and flew NNW. Along this course the aircraft performed two dips; the first dip went down to about 43 kft but could not go lower because of ATC directions. The second dip went down to about to about 40 kft. In both dips there were slight (2 min) delays at about 50 kft.    At a latitude of about 23 deg, the ER-2 then flew west toward TS Ingrid and performed another dip to about 40 kft.  At the end of this westbound leg, the ER-2 performed a 150 km level leg run designed for AirMSPI sensing.  The ER-2 then turned north and few back toward Ellington.  Along the way, the ER-2 made a final dip down to about 43 kft.  On the descent into Ellington, the ER-2 performed full MMS maneuvers at 62 kft and 52 kft.


Aircraft and instruments: All instruments appear to have worked nominally as far as limited in-flight and quick-look analyses showed. All instruments are ready for the next flight.