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2014-01-18

ATTREX GH Overview:

-   Instrument Teams and GH Crew & Data-IT worked to prepare for the first Science Flight

-   Final reminder that all times and dates for this and future Status and Schedule Updates will be in Guam (CHST) Time (UTC+10hr)

Today’s Accomplishments:

-   ESPO’s LD3’s with Science gear arrived at AAFB this morning.

-   Scientists have had access to their instruments for post-flight/pre-flight activity.

-   GH Avionics and Data-IT worked open Comm’s and Satcom items with aircraft outdoors

-   At COB - Aircraft moved to the USAF GH Hangar for the Sunday Down-day.

The Plan for tomorrow (Sunday) is:

-   Hard Down Day for the GH Team  – no aircraft access.

 The Plan for Monday is:

-   0700 – 1500 ChST:  Instrument Team access to Aircraft, with Data-IT & Aircraft Power support

    o   Please contact Dave F., or Dave J., with specific needs regarding Aircraft Power or Data-IT 

Outlook

-   Tuesday: Preflight activity for Science Teams and  Aircraft Crew (all times ChST):

    o   0900 – 0945: Req’d Engine wash by Crew

    o   1000 – 1300: Instrument Team Pre-flight access with Power

    o   1300 – 1600: Aircraft Preflight

-   The next Science Flight is scheduled for Wednesday 22Jan’14

    o   Tentative Schedule: 0600 ChST Takeoff for a 14 hr flight.

 

2014-01-17

ATTREX GH Overview:

-   With the successful Ferry/Science Flight from DFRC to AAFB in Guam – preparations are now being made for the first ATTREX Science flight from AAFB.

-   Several items are being worked – details below

-   All times and dates for this and future Status and Schedule Updates will be in Guam (CHST) Time/Date (UTC+10hr)

Today’s Accomplishments:

-   AV-6 lands at 2207 Z after a ~20 hr flight from EAFB.

-   The aircraft has been fueled for the first Science flight next week.

-   Scientists have had access to their instruments and have begun post-flight activity.

-   ESPO reports the Science LD3’s are arriving at Guam Int’l this afternoon.

The Plan for the tomorrow (Saturday in Guam) is:

-   0700 – 1100 ChST:  Instrument Team access to Aircraft, with Data-IT & Aircraft Power support

    o   Hands-off at 1100 for aircraft prep to take outdoors

-   1200 – 1500 ChST: Aircraft outdoors for Payload System Iridium Testing

-   1500+: Details TBD – but likely aircraft tow to USAF GH Hangar. No Access overnight or on Sunday…

The Plan for the Sunday in Guam is:

-   Hard Down Day for everyone – no aircraft access.

Outlook

-   The next Science Flight is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 21 Jan’14

    o   Monday AM: All Instrument Teams can expect Pre-flight access with Power from 0700 to 1100 ChST.

    o   Monday PM: Aircraft pre-flight activity

 

More details over the weekend.

Congratulations to everyone for their part in getting the aircraft to Guam and the start of the Science portion of ATTREX ’14.

2014-01-17

The Aircraft is in Guam!

NASA AV-6 landed a short while ago at AAFB in Guam after an ~20 hr flight from EAFB.

It has just been towed in to the hangar. The aircraft is being weighed and then it will be refueled.

Instrument access will be at noon Guam time.

 

A more complete schedule outlook will be provided later today.

Henceforth, all times posted in these status updates will be given in Guam Time (UTC + 10)

  

Congratulations to everyone for this milestone and the official beginning of ATTREX Science in 2014.

2014-01-15

Today's Overview:

  • IN TRANSIT TO GUAM!
  • Aircraft launched and in transit for its first time ever mission out of Guam:
    • Actual Take Off Time: 18:17 PST
    • Estimated landing: 0800 ChST
  • Pre-flighted instruments for transit
  • Reinstalled HawkEye fairings
  • T-0 Brief.
  • ATTREX air cargo departure was delayed. It is currently scheduled to arrive in Guam on Friday afternoon Jan 17th and as soon as feasible after that, at AAFB, (we are trying everything possible to have it there on Saturday Jan 18.)

Flight Tracking:

  • If you don't have an MTS account, you can track the flight online at:
  •  Look for the N872NA aircraft from the drop down menu, look for the green Global Hawk icon, click on it and select any of the options:
    • Tracks: latest posted flight track
    • Status: position, altitude, heading, speed, etc.
    • Reports: details reported from every flight and mission of the aircraft.
    • Schedule
    • Connect: links to public access websites about the mission: Mission page, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc
  • The site is for general access, feel free to share.

TRANSIT FLIGHT PLAN:

  • LANDING:  in Guam on Friday, Jan 17th, 0800 CHST / Thursday, Jan 16th 1400 PST

2014-01-14

ATTREX GH Overview:

  • ATTREX Instruments Ready for final pre-flight procedures.
  • A/C To PMOF (Guam) Comm Testing Guam successfully accomplished on Jan 9th.
  • ATTREX air cargo picked up. ETA to Guam: Jan 16th and at AAFB: Jan 17th.

Today's Accomplishments:

  • A/C To GMOF (Guam) Comm Testing Conducted.
  • T-1 Brief. Some open items identified and pending to be closed by T-0 briefing tomorrow.

Plans for Wednesday, Jan 15 (@ DFRC):

1000  A/C Power On. Instrument teams have aircraft access.

1300  Hands off / Power Off

1500  Aircraft Roll Out

1600  T-0 Briefing

1645  Instrument teams to GHOC

(User packets will go straight to Guam. Presence in GHOC desired for any questions/troubleshooting by IT prior to launch.)

1700  Engine Starts

1800  Take Off

TRANSIT FLIGHT PLAN: 

  • TAKE OFF: from DFRC on Wednesday, Jan 15th, 1800 PST / Thursday, 16th, 1200 ChST (Guam)
    • GHOC Staffing @ DFRC at 1645 PST for instrument teams
    • PMOF Staffing in Guam at 1000 ChST for all Instrument Teams
  • LANDING:  in Guam on Friday, Jan 17th, 0800 CHST / Thursday, Jan 16th 1400 PST

2014-01-13

ATTREX  GH Overview:
  • ATTREX Instruments Ready for final pre-flight procedures.
  • A/C To PMOF (Guam) Comm Testing Guam successfully accomplished on Jan 9th.
Today's Accomplishments:
  • ATTREX air cargo picked up. ETA to Guam: Jan 16th and at AAFB: Jan 17th.
  • Ongoing Comm Testing: A/C To GMOF (Guam). Testing to continue on Tuesday, Jan 10th.

Plans for Tuesday, Jan 14 (@ DFRC):
  • 0900 – 1130 Instrument teams have power and aircraft access in the hangar.
  • 1200 – 1700 Aircraft outdoors for continuation of comm testing with GHMOF in Guam.
    • For limited access while the plane is outdoors, please coordinate with Jhony Zavaleta.
 
Plans for Wednesday, Jan 15th (@ DFRC): (Schedule will be revised as needed)
  • 1100  A/C Power On. Instrument teams have aircraft access.
  • 1400  Hands off / Power Off
  • 1500  Aircraft Roll Out
  • 1645  Instrument teams to GHOC
    • (User packets will go straight to Guam. Presence in GHOC desired for any questions/troubleshooting by IT prior to launch.)
  • 1700  Engine Starts
  • 1800  Take Off

TRANSIT FLIGHT PLAN:
  • TAKE OFF: from DFRC on Wednesday, Jan 15th, 1800 PST / Thursday, 16th, 1200 ChST (Guam)
    • PMOF Staffing in Guam at 1045 for all Instrument Teams
  • LANDING:  in Guam on Friday, Jan 17th, 0800 CHST / Thursday, Jan 16th 1400 PST

2014-01-10

ATTREX GH Overview:

-   Instrument Teams continue to return to DFRC and work on their instruments

-   Testing with the PMOF in Guam accomplished (see pic).

 

Today’s Accomplishments:

-   Satcom Testing by the Data-IT Teams at DFRC and in Guam with the aircraft to the PMOF Trailer was successful.

      o   There is therefore NO plan to move the aircraft outdoors tomorrow.

-   ESPO continued to prep the LD3’s for loading with Science-related equipment for shipment to Guam.

      o   See the important note below regarding staging non-critical items by COB tomorrow.

 

The Plan for the Tomorrow (Friday at DFRC):

-   There is NO Plan to perform outdoor testing tomorrow – the aircraft will remain in the hangar all day.

-   Therefore, Instrument Teams should have access to the aircraft all day

      o   0900 – 1600 access to aircraft in Hangar.

      o   Those needing Power or Data-IT Support need to coordinate that with Jhony Z. and Caitlin.

-   LD3 Shipping – Important Note:

      o   Instrument teams are requested to stage ALL non-critical items to be shipped in front of the LD3’s by COB Friday.

      o   Please coordinate needs or questions with Jhony or Steven from ESPO.

 

There are NO Planned activities in the GHOC Hangar for the period Saturday - Sunday:

-   Aircraft Crew will not be available. No aircraft access of any kind.

-   If Instrument Teams want to work in the Payload Cage over the weekend please coordinate with Dave F. or Jhony Z.

 

The Plan for the period Monday – Tuesday at DFRC is primarily for outdoor Aircraft to GHMOF Satcom Testing:

-   Aircraft Crew shifted to support late day testing with Guam.

-   Instrument Teams may have access prior to aircraft going outdoors if needed:

      o   0900 – 1130 access in Hangar.

      o   Please coordinate your needs with Jhony Z.

-   Aircraft outdoors 1200 – 1700 PST (0600 – 1100 Guam) for Comm’s testing with GHMOF in Guam
(Continued PMOF Testing from this week will be supported as needed)

      o   Monday is scheduled, Tuesday is margin, as needed by GH/Avionics Team

 

Transit / Science Flight Plan:

-   Transit/Science (planned for 20 hour) Flight of AV-6 to Guam is currently scheduled for:

      o   Take-off from DFRC on Wednesday 1700 DFRC (Thursday 1100 Guam)

            §  PMOF Staffing in Guam at 0945 for all Instrument Teams

      o   Scheduled Landing in Guam on Friday 0700 (Thursday 1300 DFRC)

-   Reminder regarding Support:

      o   Instrument Preflight in GH Hangar will start on Wednesday morning 

      o   All Instrument Teams should plan to have at least one person at DFRC prior to the Transit Flight to preflght their instrument

2014-01-09

ATTREX GH Overview:

  • Instrument Team’s continue to return to DFRC and work on their instruments.

Today’s Accomplishments:

  • GH Team has successful DFRC Tech Brief for ATTREX Mission.
  • ATTREX Science Team Meeting
  • ESPO continued to prep the LD3’s for loading with Science-related equipment for shipment to Guam.

The Plan for the Tomorrow (Thursday at DFRC) DFRC Comm’s testing Aircraft to PMOF:

  • Aircraft Crew shifted to support late day testing with Guam.
  • Instrument Team’s may have access prior to aircraft going outdoors if needed:
    • 0900 – 1130 access in Hangar.
    • Please coordinate your needs with Dave F. and/or Jhony Z.
  • Aircraft outdoors 1200 – 1700 PST (0600 – 1100 Guam) for Comm’s testing with PMOF in Guam
    • Instruments may be supported in the GHOC – see Caitlin if possible.

Friday is a contingency outdoor Satcom day as needed for more PMOF Testing with the aircraft.

There are NO Planned activities in the GHOC Hangar for the period Saturday - Sunday:

  • Aircraft Crew will not be available. No aircraft access of any kind.
  • If Instrument Teams want to work in the Payload Cage over the weekend please coordinate with Dave F. or Jhony Z.

The Plan for the period Monday – Tuesday is primarily for outdoor Aircraft to GHMOF Satcom Testing:

  • Aircraft Crew shifted to support late day testing with Guam.
  • Instrument Team’s may have access prior to aircraft going outdoors if needed:
    • 0900 – 1130 access in Hangar.
    • Please coordinate your needs with Dave F. and/or Jhony Z.
  • Aircraft outdoors 1200 – 1700 PST (0600 – 1100 Guam) for Comm’s testing with GHMOF in Guam
 (Continued PMOF Testing from this week will be supported as needed)
    • Monday is scheduled, Tuesday is margin, as needed by GH/Avionics Team

Transit / Science Flight Plan:

  • Transit/Science (planned for 20 hour) Flight of AV-6 to Guam is currently scheduled for:
    • Take-off from DFRC on Wednesday 1700 DFRC (Thursday 1100 Guam)
      • PMOF Staffing in Guam at 0945 for all Instrument Teams
    • Scheduled Landing in Guam on Friday 0700 (Thursday 1300 DFRC)
  • Reminder regarding Support:
    • Instrument Preflight in GH Hangar will start on Wednesday morning
    • All instruments Teams should plan to have at least one person at DFRC prior to the Transit Flight to preflight their instrument

2014-01-08

ATTREX  GH Overview:

-          Instrument Team’s continue to return to DFRC and work on their instruments.

The schedules for aircraft Comm’s testing and the Transit/Science flight are now set (see below). 

Today’s Accomplishments:

-          GWAS finished their switch-out of canisters in Z-61

-          Crew and Avionics and Data-IT supported NOAA Water’s troubleshooting of a bad Ethernet Cable – problem appears to be resolved.

-          ESPO continued to prep the LD3’s for loading with Science-related equipment for shipment to Guam.

-          The NOAA Team is so accomplished that at the end of the day  - Fred serenaded them, pic attached.

The Plan for the tomorrow (Wednesday) is:

-          0800 – 1430 PST: Aircraft (and aircraft power) is available as needed by instrument teams.

-          See Dave F. or Jhony Z. to coordinate with Crew Chief.

The Plan for the period Thursday – Friday is primarily for DFRC to PMOF Testing:

-          Aircraft Crew shifted to support late day testing with Guam.

-          Aircraft outdoors 1200 – 1700 PST (0600 – 1100 Guam) for Comm’s testing with PMOF in Guam

              o   Thursday is scheduled, Friday is margin, as needed by Data-IT Team

              o   Instruments may be supported during this time on time-available basis with Data-IT.

-          Instrument Team’s may have access prior to aircraft going outdoors if needed:

              o   0900 – 1130 access in Hangar.

              o   Please coordinate your needs with Dave F. and/or Jhony Z. 

There is NO Plan for the period Saturday - Sunday:

-          Aircraft Crew will not be available. No aircraft access of any kind.

-          It is anticipated that Instrument Teams will no work in the Payload Cage over the weekend.

              o   If any are planning to work in the Payload Cage for calibrations, etc. please coordinate with Dave F. or Jhony Z. 

The Plan for the period Monday – Tuesday is primarily for DFRC to GHMOF Testing:

-          Aircraft Crew shifted to support late day testing with Guam.

-          Aircraft outdoors 1200 – 1700 PST (0600 – 1100 Guam) for Comm’s testing with GHMOF in Guam
(Continued PMOF Testing from this week will be supported as needed)

              o   Monday is scheduled, Tuesday is margin, as needed by GH/Avionics Team

              o   Instruments may be supported during this time on time-available basis with Data-IT.

-          Instrument Team’s may have access prior to aircraft going outdoors if needed:

              o   0900 – 1130 access in Hangar.

              o   Please coordinate your needs with Dave F. and/or Jhony Z.

Transit / Science Flight Plan:

-          Transit/Science (planned for 20 hour) Flight of AV-6 to Guam is currently scheduled for:

              o   Take-off from DFRC on Wednesday 1700 DFRC (Thursday 1100 Guam)

              o   Scheduled Landing in Guam on Friday 0700 (Thursday 1300 DFRC)

-          Reminder regarding Support:

              o   Instrument Preflight in GH Hangar will start on Wednesday morning

              o   All Instrument Teams should plan to have a full 22-hr PMOF staffing in  Guam at the time of the Transit Flight

              o   All instruments Teams should plan to have at least one person at DFRC prior to the Transit Flight to preflght their instrument

2013-03-02

3/2 Accomplishments:
A/C landed after an extremely productive science flight of approximately 24 hours
SSFR performed a final instrument calibration
All instruments removed with amazing speed (except MTP which will be removed on Monday)
All instrument teams packed their equipment (except GWAS that will analyze canister samples acquired on the flight)
Largest number of student participants in Mission Tool Suite for Education website of any NASA Airborne Science flight to date (15 classrooms, 352 students)
During this flight series a total of 581 students participated in the MTS for Education website from Palmdale to the San Francisco Bay Area to the Bronx to Punta Arenas, Chile

3/3 Plans:
Load truck with NOAA equipment
Stage all other equipment for shipping Monday

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