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Fast Cloud Droplet Probe (FCDP)


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FCDP collared to the 2D-S, mounted to the WB-57 Right spearpod adapter ring.

SPEC has developed a Fast Cloud Droplet Probe (FCDP) with state-of-the-art electro-optics and electronics that utilizes forward scattering to determine cloud droplet distributions and concentrations in the range of 1.5 to 50 microns.  Though designed for cloud droplet measurements, the probe has also shown reliable measurements in ice clouds.  The new electronics include a temperature controlled fiber-coupled laser, FSSP-300 optics with pinhole limiting depth of field (Lance et al. 2010), a field programmable gate array (FPGA), 40 MHz analog-to-digital-converter (ADC) sampling, custom amplifiers, a very small and low power Linux based 400 MHz processor and a 16-Gigabyte flash drive that stores data at the probe.

Instrument Type: 
WB-57 - JSC, NASA P-3 Orion - WFF, Global Hawk - AFRC, Learjet SPEC, DC-8 - AFRC, ER-2 - AFRC
Recent Missions: 
ACCLIP (WB-57 - JSC); CAMP2Ex (NASA P-3 Orion - WFF); REThinC (WB-57 - JSC); POSIDON (WB-57 - JSC); ATTREX (Global Hawk - AFRC); SEAC4RS/DC3 (DC-8 - AFRC)
Complete mission list:
  • ACCLIP (WB-57 - JSC)
  • CAMP2Ex (NASA P-3 Orion - WFF)
  • REThinC (WB-57 - JSC)
  • POSIDON (WB-57 - JSC)
  • ATTREX (Global Hawk - AFRC)
  • SEAC4RS/DC3 (DC-8 - AFRC)
Point(s) of Contact: 
Sarah Woods (POC; PI), Paul Lawson (PI)