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G-III Final Crew for IOP-2

S-MODE 04/30/23 Mission Daily Schedule

Here is the S-MODE Plan of the Day for Sunday, April 30:

S-MODE 04/29/23 Mission Daily Schedule

Plan of the Day for Saturday, April 29:


  • The B200 flew its 21st flight of the IOP-2 campaign, but clouds prevented MOSES and PRISM data collections.
  • The Sally Ride is busy today recovering the Lagrangian Floats and also two Seagliders. Afterwards, the team will resurvey the target area and redeploy floats.

 Aircraft plan and schedule:

  • NET 1000: G-III SF#7 takeoff 
  • 1000: Preflight meeting for B200 SF#22
  • NET 1100: B200 SF #22 takeoff (final B200 S-MODE flight)

 Ship and in situ plan:


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