ER-2 #806 04/14/17

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Flight Number: 
17-6033
Payload Configuration: 
Solar Cell (PV) Instrument
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
1.9 hours
Comments: 
Takeoff at 1833 GMT; landing at 2029 GMT for a 1.9 hour mission. The pilot didn’t have any issues with the PV instrument. As for the previous flight, the pilot took off a little early and burned some time to get to the target at the scheduled time. After turning onto the target line, the pilot noticed that the sun-sight dot was already centered so he started the data run early at 70,000 feet. The pilot commented that he was more patient keeping the sun-sight dot centered. Sometimes it would start drifting away from center but would move back toward center on its own. The ER-2 pitch angle at the start of the line was -1.5 deg. Toward the end of the line the pitch angle was -2.5 deg. At the end of the line the altitude was 55,000 feet. The pilot commented that he was able to keep the sun-sight dot very close to center during the entire data line. Matt Myers, the PV PI, was very happy about the “bonus” delta altitude. After the flight, Matt verified that he recorded good data. Today’s flight was very successful. Matt Myers sent an email after the de-brief saying that the data looks fantastic, sun pointing was even better than Wednesday. Some cells showed no dropouts at all. Dean "Gucci" Neeley was the pilot.
Flight Segments: 
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:04/14/17 18:33 Z Finish:04/14/17 20:29 Z
Flight Time:1.9 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 second 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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