ER-2 #806 05/11/17

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Flight Number: 
17-6036
Payload Configuration: 
Solar Cell (PV) Instrument and MISTiC Winds Instrument
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
4 hours
Comments: 
Takeoff at 1635 GMT; landing at 2035 GMT for a 4.0 hour mission. The Principle Investigators for the PV and MISTiC Winds instruments agreed on an approach for cost sharing the flight hours. Greg Nelson was the pilot.
Flight Segments: 
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:05/11/17 16:35 Z Finish:05/11/17 18:00 Z
Flight Time:1.4 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 fourth 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. The pilot didn’t have any issues with the PV instrument. the dot “magically” appeared and stayed centered during the entire PV data run. The target dot that the pilot uses to center the solar cells "magically" appeared before the start of the PV data run and stayed centered during the entire data run. The data run took about 20 minutes to complete.
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:05/11/17 18:00 Z Finish:05/11/17 20:35 Z
Flight Time:2.6 hours
Log Number:172013PI:Kevin Maschhoff
Funding Source:Parminder Ghuman - NASA - SMD - ESD ESTO - IIP Program Manager
Purpose of Flight:Check
Comments:The purpose of the first flight of the MISTiC Winds instrument which was to conduct engineering checks of the instrument. The pilot didn’t have any issues with the MISTiC Wind instrument. The MISTiC Winds orbits took about 19-20 minutes to complete. Three orbits were conducted in each direction. The MISTiC Winds Principle Investigator said that the MW instrument didn’t get cold enough before flight, therefore, not cold enough at altitude to obtain good quality science data.
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

172013182019
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS816.9
Flight Hours Previously Approved 2.9
Total Used5.119.8
Total Remaining -0
182019 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
12/04/1718-6011Science4.84.815
05/23/1818-6048Science5.710.59.3
05/24/1818-6049Science4.915.44.4
05/25/1818-6049Science4.419.8-0
172013 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
05/11/1717-6036Check2.62.65.4
05/15/1717-6038Check2.55.12.9

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