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B-200 - DFRC 04/03/14

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Flight Number: 
2851
Payload Configuration: 
AirSWOT
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
3.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:KEDWTo:KEDW
Start:04/03/14 11:00 Z Finish:04/03/14 14:12 Z
Flight Time:3.2 hours
Log Number:14B009PI:Gregory Sadowy
Funding Source:Parag Vaze - NASA - SMD - ESD SWOT Project Manager
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Primary purpose of the flight was diagnostic to gather more data to help identfy the cause of radar data anomalies. Performed 8 racetracks over the Rosamond Dry Lakebed radar reflectors. Aircraft performed well, no issues. ATC was helpful on the flight. AirSWOT radar experienced minor hiccups during the 1st pass. The DAQ onboard froze and had to be rebooted. The AirSWOT system was only able to capture half of the 1st pass. The radar system recorded well on the 2nd pass and throughout the remainder of the flight. AirSWOT radar system and JPL team are still dissecting the pointing bias issue one of the radar’s antennas. This issue was seen last year during all AirSWOT flights, and data has proven the bias consistently changes at the beginning of the flight, but become stable towards the end. JPL is looking into temperature and pressure change issues to determine if these are contributing factors. Note: The bias has not been caused by the antenna that was changed in height prior to reintegration on the B200 in February.
Flight Hour Summary: 
14B00915B004
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS53
Flight Hours Previously Approved 28.1
Total Used24.928.1
Total Remaining 0
15B004 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/21/142880Science1.71.726.4
10/28/142881Science4.96.621.5
11/12/142883Science4.210.817.3
11/12/142884Science1.912.715.4
11/13/142885Science4.717.410.7
11/17/142886Science4.521.96.2
11/19/142887Science4.926.81.3
11/20/142888 - AirSWOT 26Science1.328.1-0
14B009 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
02/20/142839Science2.32.350.7
03/03/142841Science1.84.148.9
03/11/142843Science4.88.944.1
04/03/142851Science3.212.140.9
05/01/142859Science2.214.338.7
05/14/142861 (AirSWOT 17)Science1.71637
08/21/142871 (AirSWOT 18)Science1.317.335.7
08/27/142872 (AirSWOT 19)Science219.333.7
08/28/142873Transit0.619.933.1
08/31/142874 (AirSWOT 20)Science4.724.628.4
09/02/142875Transit0.324.928.1

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