DC-8 08/14/14

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
ASCENDS 2014 instruments
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
3.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:08/14/14 19:14 Z Finish:08/14/14 22:40 Z
Flight Time:3.4 hours
Log Number:148004PI:James Abshire
Funding Source:Ken Jucks - NASA - SMD - ESD Upper Atmosphere Research Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:FR 148001, 148004, 148006 CO2 & O2 LIDAR Development Flights – Instrument Engineering Castle Airport Flight Airworthy MFLL, CO2/O2 Sounder, LAS, AVOCET, Piccaro all operated. MFLL requires additional alignment work, CO2 Sounder and AVOCET had issues needing to be addressed post flight. GSFC O2 Sounder has a development computer issue which will preclude it operating during this mission series. ARMAS flew as piggyback instrument under FR148006. None Takeoff at 226 19 14 21 Land at 226 22 40 43 This was the Central Valley/Castle Airport route. Transited from Palmdale to Castle Airport at FL160. Fly low approach to cross airfield at ~100ft from south to north followed by weather balloon release at KMER. Fly north/south ground track between Stockton and Fresno areas; 1 x @ FL150 (time 2016 – 2018), 1 x @ FL200 (2026 – 2037), 1 x FL300 (2046 – 2055), 1 x FL360 (2102 - 2113). Perform descending spiral over Castle Airport starting at 2128. Complete spiral descent with low pass over airfield from south to north at 2128 followed by weather balloon release. Return to Palmdale at FL170. Fly Northern California forest mission on 8/20.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS45
Total Used43.6
Total Remaining1.4
148004 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
08/22/14 - 08/23/14140304Science817.627.4
08/25/14 - 08/26/14140305Science10.528.116.9
08/28/14 - 08/29/14140306Science4.132.212.8

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