Disclaimer: This material is being kept online for historical purposes. Though accurate at the time of publication, it is no longer being updated. The page may contain broken links or outdated information, and parts may not function in current web browsers. Visit https://espo.nasa.gov for information about our current projects.


ER-2 #809 09/13/13

Download PDF
Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:09/13/13 15:31 Z Finish:09/13/13 23:32 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:132301PI:Kent Shiffer
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The objective for this coordinated flight with the DC-8 was measurements of cirrus and convection within the outflow from Tropical Storm Ingrid in the Bay of Campeche. The DC-8 and ER-2 flew well into the Mexican FIR, and were in the vicinity of two NOAA aircraft and the USAF Hurricane Hunters at various times. The ER-2 returned in good shape and is ready for the next flight planned for 9/16.
Flight Hour Summary: 
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
08/02/13 - 08/03/1313-9049Science6.59.5156.5
08/06/13 - 08/07/1313-9050Science8.417.9148.1
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

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.

Related Science Report: 

SEAC4RS - ER-2 #809 09/13/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Flight Report – SEAC4RS ER-2, September 13, 2013


Prepared by: Richard Ferrare (richard.a.ferrare@nasa.gov)

Purpose of flight:  The science goals for this flight were to: 1) acquire remote sensing data over cirrus associated with TS Ingrid, 2) perform cirrus radiation study coincident with the DC-8, 3) acquire eMAS data over cirrus to support DC8 convection studies, 4) acquire in situ data during dips to study UT/LS.
Pilot: Denis Steele

Takeoff: 10:31 CDT

Duration: 8.0 hours


The ER-2 flew first SSE over the Gulf toward the Bay of Campeche. On the way, the aircraft performed a dip down to about 48 kft.  The dip was intended to extend down to 45 kft, but ATC did not provide permission to dip this low. After climbing back to high altitude, the ER-2 then turned back north and flew north to meet the DC-8 for the radiation plan.  There was a delay of about 30 minutes as the ER-2 and DC-8 worked out the proper coordinate before performing this coincident radiation track. The aircraft had excellent coordination around this radiation track for the two complete circuits around this radiation racetrack (150 km legs).  At this location cirrus was present; however, this cirrus was likely more due to local convection than from the convective outflow associated with TS Ingrid. After the radiation legs, both aircraft then flew north to fly over convective cells. The ER-2 performed a racetrack pattern with 50 km legs over the first portion of this coordinated pattern, then flew a flower-shaped‑rosette pattern over the DC-8 during the latter portion of the pattern over the convective cells. After this, the ER-2 returned to Ellington. Along the way back to base, the ER-2 dipped to 41 kft and also performed a spiral over Ellington to support an ozonesonde launch at the airfield.  


Aircraft and instruments: All instruments appear to have worked nominally as far as limited in-flight and quick-look analyses showed. All instruments are ready for the next flight.