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HU-25C Falcon 09/16/13

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Flight Number: 
GEO TASO Research Flight #3
Payload Configuration: 
Goddard Ball Spectrometer
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
3.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:09/16/13 18:07 Z Finish:09/16/13 21:37 Z
Flight Time:3.5 hours
Log Number:13F001PI:James Leitch
Funding Source:Parminder Ghuman - NASA - SMD - ESD ESTO - IIP Program Manager
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Mission Objective was to fly coincidental flight paths with the Aura satellite along the A-train. The opportunity to try the satellite underpass occurred today when Discover AQ and GEO CAPE did not have the weather to fly. The A-train was running through Texas and Oklahoma in the early afternoon and there appeared to be some chance of a clear area from Ft Worth to Oklahoma City. The Aura satellite was planned to overfly the line PSX/311/015 – IFI/305/031 from 1452-1454 CDT. This direct underflight occurred part way down the return leg. Aircraft flew at FL360 entire leg. Disappointing high and low clouds were present throughout the entire line, estimating less than 30% of ground view over the 1.5+ hrs we spent on track. Two double-backs were done to overfly the most optimal areas. The clear area that gave us confidence to launch was visible about 40 miles east of track. A quick-look evaluation of the data would be desired so team knows if the sortie was effective or not so as to be able to plan a repeat if necessary and within flying hour budget.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS28
Total Used31.9
Total Remaining-3.9
13F001 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
07/16/13GEO TASO ICF 1Science2.72.725.3
07/18/13GEO TASO Engineering Check Flight 2Science2.85.522.5
07/19/13GEO TASO Engineering Check Flight 3Science2.98.419.6
09/12/13GEO TASO Deployment FlightScience3.211.616.4
09/13/13GEO TASO Research Flight #1Science3.314.913.1
09/14/13GEO TASO Research Flight #2Science317.910.1
09/16/13GEO TASO Research Flight #3Science3.521.46.6
09/17/13GEO TASO Research Flight #4Science2.123.54.5
09/18/13GEO TASO Research Flight #5Science3.326.81.2
09/24/13GEO TASO Return Flight #1Science2.429.2-1.2
09/24/13GEO TASO Return Flight #2Science2.731.9-3.9

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