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The Airborne Science Instrument Database provides details on the science instruments that have been used as part of NASA-funded airborne research.

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Currently displayed: instruments 1 - 20 of 30.

Titlesort ascending Acronym Contact Person Aircraft Type Measurements
Whole Air Sampler WAS (NCAR) Elliot Atlas (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, ER-2 - AFRC, WB-57 - JSC Whole Air Sampling NMHCs, Halocarbons
Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research 4STAR Meloe S. Kacenelenbogen (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF, Convair 580 NRC, Gulfstream G-1 (DOE), DC-8 - AFRC Spectrometer NO2, O3, H2O, Spectral Aerosol Optical Depth, Aerosol Extinction Angstrom Exponent, Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo, Aerosol Asymmetry Parameter, Aerosol Scattering phase function, Aerosol Size Distribution, Aerosol Complex Refractive Index, Cloud Optical Depth, Cloud droplet effective radius, Cloud Thermodynamic Phase, Cloud Liquid Water Content
Solar Spectral Flux Radiometer SSFR Peter Pilewskie (Co-I) Altair, DC-8 - AFRC, ER-2 - AFRC, Global Hawk - AFRC, J-31, P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF, Twin Otter - CIRPAS - NPS Radiometer Solar flux, Irradiance
Small Ice Detector SID Andrew Heymsfield (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, Gulfstream V - NSF, WB-57 - JSC Particle imager Particle size distribution
Single Particle Soot Photometer (NOAA) SP2 Joshua (Shuka) Schwarz (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, WB-57 - JSC, GV - NCAR Photometer Black Carbon, Aerosol
Scanning Actinic Flux Spectroradiometers SAFS Samuel R. Hall (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, WB-57 - JSC Spectrometer (in situ) Solar flux
Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometer PTR-MS Armin Wisthaler (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC Spectrometer (in situ) CH3CHO, (CH3)2CO, CH3CN, C6H6, C4H4O, C5H8, CH3OH, MVK, C7H8
Polarimetric Ku-Band Scatterometer PolSCAT Steven J Dinardo (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter - GRC Radar, Scatterometer Radar backscatter
Passive Active L- and S-band Sensor PALS Steven J Dinardo (PI) C-130H - WFF, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter - GRC, DC-8 - AFRC Radar, Scatterometer, Radiometer Radar backscatter, Ocean Salinity, Soil Moisture
Particle Into Liquid Sampler PILS Rodney Weber (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Ion Chromatography Na, NH4, K, Mg, Ca+2, Cl, NO2, NO3, SO4, PO4, Br-, WSOC
PAN CIMS Instrument by Georgia Tech and NCAR PAN-CIGAR L. Greg Huey (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF CIMS PAN, PPN, PiBN, PnBN, PBzN, MoPAN, APAN, MPAN
NCAR NOxyO3 NOxyO3 Andrew Weinheimer (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, WB-57 - JSC Chemiluminescence NO, NO2, NOy, O3
Langley Wideband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor Langley WIBS Luke D. Ziemba (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF Fluorescence Biological aerosol number concentration, biological aerosol fraction
Langley Single Particle Soot Photometer Langley SP2 Luke D. Ziemba (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF Laser absorption Black carbon mass concentrations
Langley Cloud Probes Langley In-situ Cloud Richard Moore (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF, HU-25 Falcon - LaRC Particle imager Cloud Droplet Number and Size Distributions, Cloud Droplet Effective Radius and Variance, Precipitation Particle Number and Size Distribution, Cloud Liquid Water Content, Cloud Ice Water Content
Langley Aerosol Research Group Experiment LARGE-classic Edward L. Winstead (Mgr) DC-8 - AFRC, C-130H - WFF, P-3 Orion - WFF, HU-25 Falcon - LaRC, King Air B-200 - LaRC CN counter, Nephelometer, Optical particle counter Aerosol Number Concentration, Aerosol Size Distribution, Scattering Coefficient, Absorption Coefficient
Langley Aerosol Mass Spectrometer Langley HR-ToF-AMS Luke D. Ziemba (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, HU-25 Falcon - LaRC, C-130H - WFF Spectrometer (in situ) Aerosol Mass Concentrations of Organics, Sulfate, Nitrate, Ammonium, Chloride
Land, Vegetation and Ice Sensor LVIS J. Bryan Blair (PI) B-200 - LARC, C-130H - WFF, Cessna 402B, Citation, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Lidar Vegetation, Topography
Ku-band Radar Altimeter Carl Leuschen (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter - GRC, C-130H - WFF Radar Sea Ice Surface Elevation
HOx Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer HOxCIMS Christopher A. Cantrell (PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC CIMS OH, HO2, HO2+RO2


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