B200 (#801) - AFRC 05/07/21 - 05/08/21

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
5.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/07/21 20:13 Z Finish:05/08/21 01:30 Z
Flight Time:5.3 hours
Log Number:21B002PI:John Farrar
Funding Source:Barry Lefer - NASA - SMD - ESD Earth Venture Suborbital-3 Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Good flight, no issues, all science collected
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS25
Total Used25
Total Remaining0
21B002 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
05/03/21 - 05/04/213210Science5.16.218.80
05/07/21 - 05/08/213213Science5.314110
05/10/21 - 05/11/213215Science3.718.26.80
05/18/21 - 05/19/213216Science3.721.93.10

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Related Science Report: 

S-MODE - B200 (#801) - AFRC 05/07/21 Science Report

Mission Summary: 
Today we had the first demonstration of simultaneous data collection by four instruments that play a key role in future S-MODE campaigns: DopplerScatt (JPL) measured winds and currents; MASS (SIO) measured directional waves, surface kinematics, surface temperature and hyperspectral bands; MOSES (UCLA) measured wide-swath surface temperature; 3 instrumented wave gliders (SIO) provided in situ observations of current profiles, upper ocean and surface waves properties, and meteorological information. The experiment leveraged the site and in situ data collection from an ongoing ONR TFO deployment 200 miles from shore, which collected additional site characterization data (e.g. wirewalkers, drifting T-chains). One of the goals of this initial S-MODE deployment is to collect data over many different ocean conditions to characterize measurement performance across the instrument suite. The weather on May 7th certainly satisfied the exploration of the outer ranges of conditions: the area was under gale warning and experienced mean winds of about 13 m/s with wind gusts around 20 m/s. The significant wave height was in the range of 4-5 m. Luckily, although there were scattered clouds, MASS was able to collect below the clouds and MOSES between the gaps. The crew and pilots for the NASA 801 and the TOI Twin Otter put in extremely long hours, collecting data from about 2 pm to about 5:50 pm, which implied that the operators started at 7 am and ended back home around 10 pm. The data collections went well and the team will be busy looking at data over the weekend.