Aircraft List

The NASA Airborne Science Program provides a unique set of NASA supported aircraft that benefit the earth science community. These manned and unmanned aircraft carry the sensors that provide data to support and augment NASA spaceborne missions.

Reminder: All investigators with approved or pending proposals from the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) announcements that have a requirement for a NASA Airborne Science platform/instrument, must submit a Flight Request. The Flight Request is also the method to acquire an estimate if your proposal requires a cost estimate for Airborne Science support. However, for investigators proposing to participate on large, multi-aircraft experiments, a single Flight Request will be submitted for each mission by the Project Manager or Project Scientist. The Science Operations Flight Request System (SOFRS) can be reached directly at

Non-NASA Aircraft
NASA instrumentation may fly on non-NASA Federal aircraft as well as academic and commercial platforms for which agreements for access by SMD investigators are in place, in process, or have recently been approved by NASA Aviation Management as airworthy and safe to operate. For more information, please review the current ASP Call Letter for further requirements and guidance. Please note that in addition to filing the required Flight Request, investigators are responsible for contacting vendors to determine if the platform meets the requirements of the proposed scientific investigation. It is also the responsibility of the investigator to ensure that before any preliminary test flights or actual data collection flights utilizing NASA personnel, instruments or funds occur, all vendors successfully complete a NASA airworthiness/flight safety review in accordance with NASA Aviation Safety Policy for Non-NASA Aircraft.

Gulfstream G-1

The Battelle G-1 has been operated as a Research Aircraft Facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1991. The platform has provided steady support for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Atmospheric Science Program (ASP), the long-term goal of which is developing comprehensive understanding of the atmospheric processes that control the transport, transformation, and fate of energy related trace chemicals and particulate matter; the current focus of which is aerosol radiative forcing of climate: aerosol formation and evolution and aerosol properties that affect direct and indirect influences on climate and climate change. The platform is also available to non-DOE agencies (has flown for EPA, e.g.), and state and private entities, and now to NASA researchers through this Catalog. The aircraft’s 165 square feet of interior space is configured for maximum utility. Internal removable instrumentation racks and seats enable rapid reconfiguration as necessary. Inlets and sensors are mounted on aluminum inserts that replace selected windows. An onboard data acquisition system accommodates a wide range of analog and digital inputs. Instrumentation for measurement of state variables, including turbulent quantities, as well as navigation data are included in the base configuration.

Battelle, Pacific Northwest Division
Conventional Aircraft, twin turboprop
6.0 hours (payload and weather dependent)
Useful Payload: 
3,078 lbs
Gross Take-off Weight: 
36,000 lbs
Onboard Operators: 
7 (including flight crew)
Max Altitude: 
25,000 MSL
Air Speed: 
250 knots
1,500 Nmi
400 A, 28VDC (up to 4KVA, 115VAC; up to 4KVA, 230 VAC)