Gulfstream III - LaRC 04/15/21 - 04/16/21

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
4.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/15/21 22:23 Z Finish:04/16/21 02:35 Z
Flight Time:4.2 hours
Log Number:21G010PI:Daniel Bowden
Funding Source:Nathan Empson - NASA Sounding Rocket Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:First Science Test Flight (STF-1) KiNET-X flight, with MARS "robot" equipment installed and the UAF truss assembly without the cameras. Flight was an overall successful test of research equipment, pending data analysis. Minor issues were noted in flight. Crew practiced simulated rocket launch "runs", working to ensure correct geometry for observation of the cannister releases. Multiple lessons learned from the aircrew perspective, which will be incorporated into the operational documents. Research team analyzing data for lessons learned to incorporate into future flights. Route of Flight was LFI - ATLIC - ZIBUT - 36N66W and was reversed for the return. A 100 nm x 20 nm rectangle of airspace was centered around 36N 66W through a NOTAM that was coordinated preflight through NY Center for FL390-Fl450. All practice runs were performed inside this box, with lights off to allow for better data collection. The second Science Test Flight (STF-2) is tentatively scheduled for 27 April, but may be cancelled if data analysis shows positive results from STF-1. The next flight would then be 1 May Mission Dress Rehearsal, followed by the actual sounding rocket cannister release collection flight, occurring between 3 and 16 May.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS40
Total Used35.6
Total Remaining4.4
21G010 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
04/15/21 - 04/16/21KiNET-X STF1Science4.24.235.80
05/06/21KiNET-X TrainingPilot Proficiency0.54.735.30
05/07/21 - 05/08/21KiNET-X RehearsalScience4.28.931.10
05/08/21 - 05/09/21KiNET-X #1Science4.313.226.80
05/09/21 - 05/10/21KiNET-X #2Science4.317.522.50
05/10/21 - 05/11/21KiNET-X #3Science4.622.117.90
05/11/21 - 05/12/21KiNET-X #4Science4.626.713.30
05/15/21 - 05/16/21KiNET-X #5Science4.631.38.70
05/16/21 - 05/17/21KiNET-X #6Science4.335.64.40

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