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ER-2 #809 08/02/13 - 08/03/13

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Flight Number: 
13-9049
Payload Configuration: 
SEAC4RS
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
6.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:PMDTo:PMD
Start:08/02/13 17:35 Z Finish:08/03/13 00:06 Z
Flight Time:6.5 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Good science check flight. ALIAS-CO in-op, other sensor teams reviewing the results.
Flight Hour Summary: 
132301
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS166
Total Used164.6
Total Remaining1.4
132301 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
08/01/1313-9048Check33163
08/02/13 - 08/03/1313-9049Science6.59.5156.5
08/06/13 - 08/07/1313-9050Science8.417.9148.1
08/08/1313-9051Science7.225.1140.9
08/12/1313-9052Science7.933133
08/14/1313-9053Science639127
08/16/1313-9054Science7.846.8119.2
08/19/1313-9055Science8.154.9111.1
08/21/1313-9056Science7.362.2103.8
08/23/1313-9057Science7.769.996.1
08/27/1313-9058Science7.277.188.9
08/30/1313-9059Science7.484.581.5
09/02/1313-9060Science8.292.773.3
09/04/1313-9061Science8.4101.164.9
09/06/13 - 09/07/1313-9062Science8109.156.9
09/09/13 - 09/10/1313-9063Science8.1117.248.8
09/11/13 - 09/12/1313-9064Science7.6124.841.2
09/13/1313-9065Science8132.833.2
09/16/1313-9066Science8140.825.2
09/18/1313-9067Science7.9148.717.3
09/22/1313-9068Science8.1156.89.2
09/23/1313-9069Science7.8164.61.4

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SEAC4RS - ER-2 #809 08/02/13 Science Report

Mission: 
SEAC4RS
Mission Summary: 

 

 

 

SEAC4RS Test flight #2

Prepared by: Jens Redemann (Jens.Redemann-1@nasa.gov)

Purpose of flight: Test flight, 150km leg at 65kft to underfly Terra at 18:41UT, multiple 150km legs at 65kft en route to Oregon fires and location of rosette pattern near suspected smoke above clouds off the OR coast at NPP overpass time (21:06UT), multiple ascents and descents on the way back for testing in situ instrument performance, plus short 65kft leg above Aspen fire in Sierra Nevada.

Take-off: 10:35 local (Pacific DST) (UTC start = 17:35, UTC end = 00:05 Aug 3)

Duration: 6.5 hrs

Notes: Take-off at 10:35 local (Pacific DST), 1hr to get to alt., successfully coordinated leg with Terra. Multiple good data legs at 65kft en route to Big Windy Fire in OR. Direct 150km leg above Big Windy fire, followed by rosette pattern (some smoke visible in Aug 02 MODIS-Terra image, but no stratus underneath) at NPP overpass time (see Figure 4). Successful ascent/descent maneuvers on the way back. We adjusted flight plan in-flight by eliminating WP 22 to center 65kft leg during return over Aspen fire. Excellent job by mobile pilot (Stu Broce) and ER-2 pilot (Tim Williams) to implement and execute this flight.

Aircraft and instruments: There were frequent drop-out’s of the Iridium and INMARSAT links, preventing instrument PI’s to monitor the status and health of their instruments. Issue is being worked. All instruments appear to have worked nominally as far as limited in-flight and quick-look analyses showed. No aircraft issues. Aircraft ready to go for science flight on August 6, 2013.