Aircraft List

The NASA Airborne Science Program aircraft list provides unique NASA aircraft and commercial 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, such as the ROSES Call 2015: KORUS-AQ (Korea US- Air Quality), 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 http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/sofrs.
 
For all "Commercial" aircraft, in addition to filing a Flight Request, investigators are responsible for contacting vendors to determine if the platform meets the requirements of the proposed scientific investigation. It is 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.

Twin Otter - GRC

Current Status:

Completed NADIR port and avionics upgrade modification in September 2011. Currently in maintenance, anticipate functional checkflight during week of December 12, 2011. FY12 projects include PRISM and AFRL CASH sensors.

Owner/Operator: 
NASA Glenn Research Center
Type: 
Conventional Aircraft
Duration: 
3 hours (payload and weather dependent)
Useful Payload: 
3,600 lbs
Gross Take-off Weight: 
11,000 lbs
Onboard Operators: 
2-4 (plus two flight crew)
Max Altitude: 
25,000
Air Speed: 
140 knots
Range: 
450 Nmi
Power: 
200A at 28Vdc
Point(s) of Contact: 

Alan Micklewright

Work: (216) 433-2036

Anthony Royce

Work: (216) 433-3868