ER-2 #806 05/15/17

Download PDF
Flight Number: 
17-6038
Payload Configuration: 
Solar Cell (PV) Instrument and MISTiC Winds Instrument
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
3.9 hours
Comments: 
The flight took off late because of several minor issues. Takeoff at 1636 GMT; landing at 2027 GMT for a 3.9 hour mission. The instrument principle investigators split the flight hours with the same methodology as flight 16-6036, the previous flight that the instruments flew together. Greg Nelson was the pilot.
Flight Segments: 
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:05/15/17 16:35 Z Finish:05/15/17 18:00 Z
Flight Time:1.4 hours
Log Number:172026 - Completed as of this flight.PI:Matthew Myers
Funding Source:Michael Piszczor - NASA - GRC - CODE LEX Branch Chief
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The purpose of the sixth 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 or instrument. The target “dot” again stayed centered during the entire PV data run. The PV Principle Investigator, Matt Myers, was very happy about the data collection. This flight completes the PV flight request for FY17.
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:05/15/17 18:00 Z Finish:05/15/17 20:27 Z
Flight Time:2.5 hours
Log Number:172013PI:Kevin Maschhoff
Funding Source:Parminder Ghuman - NASA - SMD - ESD ESTO - IIP Program Manager
Purpose of Flight:Check
Comments:The second flight of the MISTiC Winds instrument which was to continue conducting engineering checks of the instrument. The pilot didn’t have any issues with the MISTiC Wind instrument, operations went as expected. MISTiC Winds wanted to fly orbits in the Vandenberg area. Because of the late takeoff and having to time the PV data run, one of each of the MISTiC Winds orbits were cut out of the flight plan. The MISTiC Winds Principle Investigator said that the instrument’s thermal management system needs to be upgraded; the cryocooler needs to be replaced. The instrument didn’t get cold enough; colder than the first flight but still not cold enough. Therefore, MISTiC Winds is finished flying for now. MISTiC Winds may fly again in the fall (2017).
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

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.