ER-2 #806 04/12/17

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Flight Number: 
17-6032
Payload Configuration: 
Solar Cell (PV) Instrument
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
2.2 hours
Comments: 
Takeoff at 1832 GMT; landing at 2044 GMT for a 2.2 hour mission. The pilot commented that everything appeared to work well with the PV instrument. The pilot burned some time to get to the target at the scheduled time. The pilot started the “money” line at 70,000 feet. The pilot commented that the biggest challenge was holding pitch to keep the sun-sight dot centered; keeping the sun-sight dot centered directionally was easy. The ER-2 pitch angle at this aircraft weight and speed is about 0 degrees. During the “money” line, to keep the sun-sight centered, the ER-2 drifted off of the planned flight path and the altitude dropped to about 63,500 feet. The pilot commented that he was able to keep the sun-sight dot very close to center during the entire “money” line. Today’s flight appeared to be very successful. Dean "Gucci" Neeley was the pilot.
Flight Segments: 
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:04/12/17 18:32 Z Finish:04/12/17 20:44 Z
Flight Time:2.2 hours
Log Number:172026PI:Matthew Myers
Funding Source:Michael Piszczor - NASA - GRC - CODE LEX Branch Chief
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The purpose of the first FY17 flight of the solar cell (PV) instrument was to fly near 70,000 feet at solar noon. The data obtained will help standardize the measurement of solar cell performance for future space applications.
Flight Hour Summary: 
162033172026
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS8.66
Flight Hours Previously Approved 3.2
Total Used5.410.8
Total Remaining -1.6
172026 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
04/12/1717-6032Science2.22.27
04/14/1717-6033Science1.94.15.1
05/09/1717-6035Science2.16.23
05/11/1717-6036Science1.47.61.6
05/12/1717-6037Science1.89.4-0.2
05/15/1717-6038Science1.410.8-1.6
162033 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
05/23/1616-6022Science1.81.86.8
05/24/1616-6023Science1.83.65
05/25/1616-6024Science1.85.43.2

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