2016-09-24

Saturday, Sept. 24
General NOTE for all ORACLES participants in Namibia

  • Please review Ascension Island Location Details if you are on the P3-Transit flight
  • Before you depart Namibia and head back to the USA you are required to hand in your AIRPORT BADGE and vest to ESPO
  • Have the VISA paperwork that you arrived with handy as they have been known to ask for it on departure
  • Sommer Beddingfield is now here to work out shipping details.  Please meet with her when you get a chance

Weather Briefing and Go/No-Go Meeting 0530
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 0800

P-3 Science Flight #12:

0615    Crew Show/Hands-On
0745    Doors Close 
0805    Engine Start
0815    Takeoff
1600    Landing (~8-hour flight)
1630    Debrief
1600    Hands-On
1700    Hands-Off

ER-2 Science Flight #8:

0530    Hands-On                
0600    Preflight Brief           
0630    Hands-Off/Tow         
0830    Engine Start             
0900    Take-Off (or 45 mins after P-3 Take-off)                 
1700    Landing Approx 1700 (~8 hour flight)
+0030  Debrief After Landing 
+0100  Hands-On After Landing
+0200  Hands-Off After Landing 

Shuttle schedule
Hotel to airport:

0445
0515 
0530 
0630 
0730
1130
1500
1600

Airport to Hotel: 

0850  
1000
1630
1700
1800
1830
1900 or until the last person needs a ride…

Sun., 09/25 - Flight day both planes around 0900 take-offs
Mon., 9/26 - Hard down day
Tues, 9/27 - Flight day for both planes around 0900 take-offs

ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-23

Friday, Sept. 23 - Soft Down Day

General NOTE for all ORACLES participants in Namibia

  • Please review Ascension Island Location Details if you are on the P3-Transit flight
  • Before you depart Namibia and head back to the USA you are required to hand in your AIRPORT BADGE and vest to ESPO
  • Have the VISA paperwork that you arrived with handy as they have been known to ask for it on departure
  • Sommer Beddingfield is now here to work out shipping details.  Please meet with her when you get a chance

Access: Try to start early so we can all end early

P-3 Aircraft Access:  0900-1300 
ER-2 Aircraft Access:  0900- 1200 
 

Science Meeting: 5pm 

Shuttle schedule
Hotel to airport: 0800, 1000, 1100
Airport to Hotel: 1100, 1300
 
ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-22

Thursday, Sept. 22
General NOTE for all ORACLES participants in Namibia

  • Before you depart Namibia and head back to the USA you are required to hand in your AIRPORT BADGE and vest to ESPO
  • Have the VISA paperwork that you arrived with handy as they have been known to ask for it on departure
  • Sommer Beddingfield is now here to work out shipping details.  Please meet with her when you get a chance. 
  • Jen's latest schedule is on the ESPO website under Mission Planning-> Mission Calendar ->Schedule
  • We will be sending out the Swakopmund Reservations for you to review your departure date

Routine Flight

Weather Briefing and Go/No-Go Meeting 0600
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 0630
ER-2 Flight #7:

0600    Hands-On  
0630    Preflight Brief 
0700    Hands-Off/Tow               
 0930    Take-Off                  
1715    Landing (~8 hour)
1745   Debrief  
1745   Hands-On 
1845   Hands-Off 
 

P-3     Access 0900-1200
(NOTE:  If approval for maintenance is received, it will be a NO ACCESS-MAINTENANCE DAY)

Shuttle schedule
Hotel to airport:

0500
0545
0700
0830 
1130
1600

Airport to Hotel: 

1000
1100
1230
1800
1830 
1900
1930 or until the last person needs a ride…

 
ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Sommer US cell - +1 (650) 450-7645
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-21

Wednesday, Sept. 21
General NOTE for all ORACLES participants in Namibia

Before you depart Namibia and head back to the USA you are required to hand in your AIRPORT BADGE and vest to ESPO
Have your VISA paperwork handy as they have been known to ask for it on departure
Sommer Beddingfield is now here to work out shipping details.  Please meet with her when you get a chance.  
Jen's latest schedule is on the ESPO website under Mission Planning-> Mission Calendar ->Schedule

Forecast/flight planning meeting: 8am
Science Meeting: 5pm
 
P-3 Aircraft Access:  0900-1500.  Note:  There will be no power from 0900-0945 because of RSP work.  Other experimenters can plan on arriving at 0945.

ER-2 Aircraft Access:  0900-1300 

 
Shuttle schedule:
Hotel to airport:  Every hour, on the hour, 8am to 11am 
Airport to Hotel:  12, 1, 2, 3, 3:30 
 
ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Sommer US cell - +1 (650) 450-7645
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-20

General NOTE for all ORACLES participants in Namibia

  1. Before you depart Namibia and head back to the USA you are required to hand in your AIRPORT BADGE and vest to ESPO
  2. Have your VISA paperwork handy as they have been known to ask for it on departure
  3. Sommer Beddingfield is now here to work out shipping details.  Please meet with her when you get a chance.  

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Tuesday, Sept. 20
Weather Briefing and Go/No-Go Meeting 0530
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 8am
P-3 Science Flight #11:

0615    Crew Show/Hands-On
0745    Doors Close 
0805    Engine Start 
0815    Earliest Takeoff
1600    Landing (~8-hour)
1630    Debrief
1600    Hands-On
1700    Hands-Off

ER-2 Science Flight #6:

0430    Hands-On  
0530    Hands-Off/Tow               
0600    Preflight Brief           
0830    Engine Start             
0900    Take-Off                  
1700    Landing (~8 hour)
1730  Debrief  
1730  Hands-On 
1830  Hands-Off 

Shuttle schedule
Hotel to airport:

0330
0430 (2 shuttles)
0530
0630 
0700
0800
1600

Airport to Hotel: 

1000
1200
1730(2 shuttles)
1830
1900
1930 or until the last person needs a ride…

ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Sommer US cell - +1 (650) 450-7645
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-19

Monday, Sept. 19  Hard Down Day
Some Tour Suggestions from Nicky:

Chris Living Desert tour 0811275070
Tommy Living Desert Tour 0811281038
Charlys Desert Tours 064404341
Sandwich harper - Pieter 812433437 - birds and such

Shuttle schedule

Hotel to Walvis Bay Waterfront - 2 seats left 0700 pickup and 1245 return  
Hotel to airport:   9am, 10am, 1pm
Airport to Hotel:  2pm, 3pm

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Weather Briefing and Go/No-Go Meeting 0530
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 8am

P-3 Science Flight #11:

0615    Crew Show/Hands-On
0745    Doors Close 
0805    Engine Start
0815    Earliest Takeoff
1600    Landing (~8-hour duration)
1630    Debrief
1600    Hands-On
1700    Hands-Off

ER-2 Science Flight #6:

0530    Hands-On                
0600    Preflight Brief           
0630    Hands-Off/Tow         
0830    Engine Start             
0900    Take-Off                  
1700    Landing Approx 1700 (8 hour flight)
+0030  Debrief After Landing 
+0100  Hands-On After Landing
+0200  Hands-Off After Landing 
Shuttle Schedule to be determined

 
ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-18

Don't forget to contact the hotel if you need to extend your hotel stay. If you are staying at the Swakopmund Hotel, let Susan know about your departure date changes so requests to Swakopmund can be consolidated.

Before you depart, please turn in your vest and badge to ESPO.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Weather Briefing and Go/No-Go Meeting 0630
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 8am

P-3 Science Flight #10:
0700    Crew Show/Hands-On
0830    Doors Close 
0850    Engine Start
0900   Takeoff
1700    Landing (~8-hour duration)
1730    Debrief
1700    Hands-On
1800    Hands-Off

ER-2 Science Flight #5:
0630    Crew Show/Hands-On
0700    Mission / Weather Brief 
0730    Hands-Off
0930    Engine Start
1000   Takeoff
1830    Landing (~8.5-hour duration)
1900    Debrief 
1900    Hands-On
2000    Hands-Off

Shuttle schedule
Hotel to airport:

0530
0600 (2 shuttles)
0700 
0800 
1600 
1730

Airport to Hotel: 

1030
1100
1200
1730
1830 (2 shuttles)
1900
1930 
2000 (or until the last person is off the plane who needs the shuttle)

Monday, 09/19/16  - Hard Down Day

Some Tour Suggestions from Nicky:

  • Chris Living Desert tour 0811275070
  • Tommy Living Desert Tour 0811281038
  • Charlys Desert Tours 064404341
  • Sandwich harper - Pieter 812433437 - birds and such

Shuttle schedule:
Hotel to Walvis Bay Waterfront - 2 seats left

0700 pickup and 1245 return 

ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-17

Saturday, Sept. 17
 
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 8am
Science Meeting: 5pm
 

P-3 Aircraft Access:  0900-0300

ER-2 Aircraft Access:  0900-1200 unless more time is needed

Sunday, 09/18/16 P-3 and ER-2 flight day (take-off time 9:00, to be updated tomorow)
Monday, 09/19/16  Hard Down Day

 
Shuttle schedule

Shuttle schedule:
Hotel to airport:

Every hour, on the hour, 8am to 11am 

Airport to Hotel: 

Every hour, on the half-hour, 11:30am to 3:30pm
 
ESPO contacts
ESPO 1 (Kent) Namibia cell - local 081 8162205 / international +264 818162205
Kent US cell - +1 (650) 336-3127
ESPO 2 (Susan) Namibia cell - local 081 8557428 / international +264 818557428
Susan US cell - +1 (650) 996-9335 or +1 (312) 804-1055
Jens - +1 (650) 318-8407

2016-09-16

Friday, Sept. 16

P-3 & ER-2 flight day (RF - Routine Flight)

Go/No-Go Meeting 0530
Forecast/flight planning meeting: 0800

ER-2: 
Hands-On                 0530
Preflight Brief            0600
Hands-Off/Tow          0630
Engine Start              0830
Take-Off                   0900
Landing Approx 1700 (8 hour flight)
Debrief                    +0030 after Landing
Hands-On                +0100 after Landing
Hands-Off                +0200 after Landing

P-3:
Hands-On  0700
Hands-Off  0300

Shuttle schedule

Hotel to airport:
4:30 am
5:00 am
5:30 am
6:00 am (2 shuttles)
7:00 am 
8:00 am 
10:00 am
4:30 pm 
Airport to Hotel: 
9:45 am
10:30 am 
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
6:30 pm 
7:00 pm
7:30 pm 
8:00 pm (or until the last person is off the plane who needs the shuttle)

2016-09-15

If you have photos of mission activities please feel free to post on the website or give to Susan to post.  She is also collecting photos/videos for putting in a keepsake video for you to show your friends/family the activities of the mission.
If you have a car without a parking pass and want to park in Airport dirt lot, see Susan for form.
Thursday, Sept. 15
No-flight day
P-3 aircraft access: 9am to 5pm
ER-2 aircraft access: 9am to 12pm 

  • See Yohei for data-related questions before he departs.  8-10 am, 2-5 pm in the Operations Center or 11 am - 1 pm in the hangar

Forecast meeting: 8am
Flight Planning meeting: 9am
Science team tag-up meeting (communicating flight plan for next day): 5pm
Shuttle schedule:
Hotel to airport: Every hour, on the hour, 8am to 11am 
Airport to Hotel:  Every hour, on the hour, 1pm to 5pm 

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 & 17
Potential back to back flights.  Detail to follow

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