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ER-2 #809 08/27/13

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Flight Number: 
13-9058
Payload Configuration: 
SEAC4RS
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
7.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:EFDTo:EFD
Date:08/27/13
Flight Time:7.2 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Objectives were primarily North American Monsoon and radiation studies. A number of vertical profiles were completed during the mission. AirMISP was known in-op prior to the flight. All other instruments report nominal operation. Aircraft came back in good shape.
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 08/27/13 Science Report

Mission: 
SEAC4RS
Mission Summary: 

Flight Report – SEAC4RS ER-2, August 27, 2013 (Science flight #7)

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

Purpose of flight: A flight to study NAM structure on generally N-S flight path to Iowa.

Take-off:  11:58 local (Central DST) (UTC start = 16:58, UTC end =00:10 Aug. 28)

Duration: 7.2 hrs

Notes:  ER-2 went North toward Iowa looking to characterize structure and water injections into the NAM anticyclone.  It turned out that an MCS over the Great Lakes region had injected water and ice into the tropopause region the night before and into the morning.  Water vapor enhancements of 30-60 ppmv were detected in a ~1.5 km thick layer with a top at 15 km pressure altitude, presumably this layer was a plume from the MCS.  Flight track was adjusted on the return path, because of marginal conditions for remote sensing near two of the targeted AERONET sites.  A total of 6 vertical descents/ascent were flown, three of which sampled the MCS plume. Communication between ER-2 flight scientist, ground pilot and pilot was excellent. Overall a very successful NAM/MCS flight.

Aircraft and instruments: Issues with Iridium link appear to be resolved. AirMSPI was not operating for this flight. All other instruments appear to have worked nominally. Aircraft ready to go for science flight on August 30, 2013.

Images: 

Figure1: Flight tracks (planned in dark blue and flown in light blue) of ER-2 for science flight #7, August 27, 2013 overlaid on MODIS-Aqua visible image at ~20:15UT.

Figure2: Altitude vs time plot for science flight #7, August 27, 2013.