The Airborne Science Instrument Database provides details on the science instruments that have been used as part of NASA-funded airborne research.

To search the database, use any of the following filters to limit the displayed results. To scroll through the results, use the links at the bottom of the page. Clicking on any instrument name will take you to a page providing full information on that instrument.

Currently displayed: instruments 1 - 20 of 26.

Title Acronym Contact Person Aircraft Type Measurements
2 Channel Selected Ion Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer SI/CIMS-2 Fred Eisele (PI) C-130H Hercules, P-3 Orion CIMS OH, H2SO4, CH4SO3, DMSO, NH3, Aerosol
Aerodyne High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer HR-AMS Jose-Luis Jimenez (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8 Spectrometer (in situ) Cl, NH4, NO3, Organic Aerosol, SO4
Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer AESMIR Edward Kim (PI) C-130H Hercules, P-3 Orion Radiometer Imagery, Snow Accumulation, Sea Ice Surface Elevation, H2O, Temperature
Airborne Topographic Mapper ATM William Krabill (Prev PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, P-3 Orion, Twin Otter, HU-25A Guardian Lidar Topography
BroadBand Radiometers BBR Anthony Bucholtz (PI) DC-8, ER-2, P-3 Orion, C-130H Hercules, NASA P-3 Radiometer Solar flux
Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer CIT-CIMS Paul Wennberg (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, ER-2 CIMS HNO3, H2O2, CH3OOH, HCN, PAA, PNA, SO2
Cloud Integrating Nephelometer CIN Hermann Gerber (PI) C-130H Hercules, Citation, Twin Otter, WB-57 Optical particle counter Asymmetry Parameter, Optical Extinction Coefficient, Extinction-to-Backscatter Ratio
Cloud Spectrometer and Impactor CSI Andrew Heymsfield (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, WB-57 Counterflow virtual impactor, Spectrometer (in situ) Cloud Liquid Water Content, Total Cloud Liquid
Continuous Flow Streamwise Thermal Gradient CCN Counter CFSTGC Edward L. Winstead (Mgr) Balloon, P-3 Orion, C-130H Hercules CN counter Cloud Condensation Nuclei
Digital Mapping System DMS Jeffrey Myers (Mgr) DC-8, P-3 Orion, C-130H Hercules, Falcon, NSF G-V Camera Imagery
HOx Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer HOxCIMS Christopher A. Cantrell (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8 CIMS OH, HO2, HO2+RO2
Ku-band Radar Altimeter Carl Leuschen (PI) DC-8, P-3 Orion, Twin Otter, C-130H Hercules Radar Sea Ice Surface Elevation
Land, Vegetation and Ice Sensor LVIS J. Bryan Blair (PI) B200 - LARC, C-130H Hercules, Cessna 402B, Citation, DC-8, P-3 Orion Lidar Vegetation, Topography
Langley Aerosol Research Group Experiment LARGE Edward L. Winstead (Mgr) DC-8, C-130H Hercules, NASA P-3 CN counter, Nephelometer, Optical particle counter Aerosol Number Density, Aerosol Size Distribution, Cloud Condensation Nuclei, Black Carbon, Particle Absorption, Particle Extinction, Particle Scattering, Single Scattering Albedo
NCAR NOxyO3 NOxyO3 Andrew Weinheimer (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, WB-57 Chemiluminescence NO, NO2, NOy, O3
PAN CIMS Instrument by Georgia Tech and NCAR PAN-CIGAR L. Greg Huey (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, P-3 Orion CIMS PAN, PPN, PiBN, PnBN, PBzN, MoPAN, APAN, MPAN
Particle Into Liquid Sampler PILS Rodney Weber (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, P-3 Orion Ion Chromatography Na, NH4, K, Mg, Ca+2, Cl, NO2, NO3, SO4, PO4, Br-, WSOC
Passive Active L- and S-band Sensor PALS Steven J Dinardo (PI) C-130H Hercules, P-3 Orion, Twin Otter, DC-8 Radar, Scatterometer, Radiometer Radar backscatter, Ocean Salinity, Soil Moisture
Polarimetric Ku-Band Scatterometer PolSCAT Steven J Dinardo (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8, P-3 Orion, Twin Otter Radar, Scatterometer Radar backscatter
Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometer PTR-MS Armin Wisthaler (PI) C-130H Hercules, DC-8 Spectrometer (in situ) CH3CHO, (CH3)2CO, CH3CN, C6H6, C4H4O, C5H8, CH3OH, MVK, C7H8