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 Though accurate at the time of publication, it is no longer being updated.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.


DC-8 01/10/18 - 01/11/18

Download PDF
Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
NDMAX configuration - DLR H2O (CR2 WARAN), DLR OPC, DLR PMS, ERICA, LARGE, LARGE-AMS, PTR-MS, Aft-viewing video cameras and piggybaking ARMAS & TinMan
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
5.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:01/10/18 20:38 Z Finish:01/11/18 01:48 Z
Flight Time:5.2 hours
Log Number:188007PI:Bruce Anderson
Funding Source:Jay Dryer - NASA - ARMD - Director of Advanced Air Vehicles Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:One hour takeoff delay due to "pressure leak" on science instruments, but determined it wasn't leak by backflow through the vent line. We able to sample low clouds over the Tehachapi mountains shortly after takeoff and 1000 ft AGL over Central Valley sampling pollution including smoke from two controlled agricultural burns. After entering the Edwards complex, we did a spiral climb for SAGE III from 4kft AGL to FL290. We then did RVSM calibration test points at FL290 from Mach .53 to .85 and then at FL350 from Mach .84 to .65. We then spent a lot of time sampling contrails; mostly our own. We finished with two higher Mach RVSM test points at FL400 and a spiral descent from FL400 to 1000 ft prior to returning to Palmdale. The aircraft returned in good shape and the science instruments did well with some small issues to correct. Note: RVSM calibrations due to installation of canister probes below the aircraft at the Nadir #2 location potentially causing unknown static pressure position error on the altimeter.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS80
Total Used076.6
Total Remaining 3.4
188007 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
01/10/18 - 01/11/181237Science5.28.371.7
01/13/18 - 01/14/181238Science10.71961

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.