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ER-2 #809 11/18/15

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Flight Number: 
16-9018
Payload Configuration: 
AMPR, CPL, CRS, eMAS, HIWRAP, AirMSPI-1
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
6.6 hours
Comments: 
Purpose: RADEX-15 Science Mission #1 – Sample post frontal shallow clouds. Comments: Flight 16-9018 was the first science mission from KTCM with AMPR, CPL, eMAS, HIWRAP and AirMSPI-1. The flight was delayed 1-hour to better align with post-frontal activity. Flight 16-9018 took off from KTCM at 0959 local and landed in KTCM at 1633 local (6.6 hours). Tim Williams was the pilot. A calibration run was accomplished and an east-west racetrack 12 nm wide and 100 nm long with one end on NPOL was established with the DC8. Excellent coordination was achieved between the two aircraft during 4 orbits around this racetrack. Scattered showers persisted throughout this period below a cirrus layer. Showers were noted to have reflectivities in excess of 40 dBZ and they were capped by a strong inversion near 3 km. Aerosol predictions for this region conducted by GMAO were for very clean conditions since the air mass had long overwater trajectories. After 4 orbits, the racetrack was reoriented SW-NE to observe maritime showers that were persisting under an advancing and thickening altostratus layer that seemed to be raining on the far SW end. The UND Citation joined the ER2 and DC8 on this racetrack. 3-4 orbits were accomplished by the ER2 and DC8. The eMAS instrument indicated two failures in flight (R3/R4) which was successfully reset. It was determined that this was a software issue and the instrument was operating normally. HIWRAP conducted a reboot from the ground to address a hard drive logging issue which resulted in the loss of data between about 2126Z to 2219Z. AirMSPI-1 had a indicated a failure (L4) after the 5th or 6th data run. The issue was resolved from the ground.
Flight Segments: 
From:T CMTo:TCM
Date:11/18/15
Flight Time:6.6 hours
Log Number:162003PI:David Starr
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
162003
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS70
Total Used70
Total Remaining0
162003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
11/10/1516-9016Check2.32.367.7
11/16/1516-9017Transit2.7565
11/18/1516-9018Science6.611.658.4
11/23/1516-9019Science8.219.850.2
11/24/1516-9020Science7.126.943.1
12/01/15 - 12/02/1516-9021Science5.13238
12/03/1516-9022Science3.435.434.6
12/04/1516-9023Science742.427.6
12/05/1516-9024Science446.423.6
12/08/15 - 12/09/1516-9025Science349.420.6
12/10/1516-9026Science5.855.214.8
12/12/1516-9027Science4.159.310.7
12/13/15 - 12/14/1516-9028Science867.32.7
12/15/1516-9029Ferry2.7700

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