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

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Currently displayed: instruments 1 - 20 of 84.

Title Acronymsort descending Contact Person Aircraft Type Measurements
Ku-band Radar Altimeter Carl Leuschen (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter - GRC, C-130H - WFF Radar Sea Ice Surface Elevation
Accumulation Radar Carl Leuschen (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF Radar Snow Thickness, Ice Sheet Thickness
Flight Modem Alex Coleman (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF Navigation recorder Aircraft position
Microspectrometer Jim Jungel (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF
Two-Dimensional Electronically Scanning Thinned-Array Radiometer 2D-STAR David Levine (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF Radiometer Soil Moisture, Ocean Salinity
2D-S Stereo Probe 2DS Paul Lawson (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, WB-57 - JSC, Global Hawk - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Particle imager Particle size distribution, Particle concentration, Particle Extinction
Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research 4STAR Meloe S. Kacenelenbogen (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF, C-130H - WFF, Convair 580 NRC, Gulfstream G-1 (DOE), DC-8 - AFRC Spectrometer NO2, O3, H2O, Spectral Aerosol Optical Depth, Aerosol Extinction Angstrom Exponent, Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo, Aerosol Asymmetry Parameter, Aerosol Scattering phase function, Aerosol Size Distribution, Aerosol Complex Refractive Index, Cloud Optical Depth, Cloud droplet effective radius, Cloud Thermodynamic Phase, Cloud Liquid Water Content
14-channel NASA Ames Airborne Tracking Sunphotometer AATS-14 Philip B. Russell (Prev PI) DC-8 - AFRC, J-31, P-3 Orion - WFF, Convair 580 NRC, Twin Otter International Photometer Aerosol, H2O, O3, Optical Depth, NO2
Axial Cyclone Cloud-water Collector AC3 Ewan Crosbie (Co-I) C-130 - WFF, P-3 Orion - WFF, HU-25 Falcon - LaRC Ion Chromatography Aqueous concentrations of bulk cloud-water species (e.g., Sulfate, Nitrate, sodium, Ca+2, TOC, pH)
Airborne Cloud Radar ACR Steven J Dinardo (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter (DOE) Radar Radar Reflectivity
Aerosol Optical Properties AERO3X Anthony Strawa (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF Optical particle counter Black Carbon, NO2, Particle Scattering, Aerosol Extinction, Particle Absorption, Asymmetry Parameter, Single Scattering Albedo, Aerosol Backscattering
Airborne Emission Spectrometer AES Helen Worden (Co-I) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, C130 Interferometer O3, CO, H2O, CO2, CH4, NH3, etc.
Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer AESMIR Edward Kim (PI) C-130H - WFF, P-3 Orion - WFF Radiometer Imagery, Snow Thickness, Sea Ice Surface Elevation, H2O, Temperature
Airborne Multichannel Microwave Radiometer AMMR James R. Wang (Mgr) Convair 580 NRC, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Radiometer Brightness Temperature
Advanced Microwave Precipitation Radiometer AMPR Anthony Guillory (Mgr) DC-8 - AFRC, ER-2 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Microwave Radiometer Brightness Temperature
Airborne Second Generation Precipitation Radar APR-2 Simone Tanelli (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Radar Radar Reflectivity, , Doppler Velocity
Airborne Third Generation Precipitation Radar APR-3 Simone Tanelli (PI) P-3 Orion - WFF, P-3 Radar Radar Reflectivity, , Doppler Velocity
Airborne Topographic Mapper ATM William Krabill (Prev PI) C-130H - WFF, DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF, Twin Otter - GRC, HU-25A Guardian - LaRC Lidar Topography
Advanced Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System AVAPS Gary Wick (PI) Global Hawk - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Dropsonde Pressure, Temperature, Humidity, Wind
Atmospheric Vertical Observations of CO2 in the Earth's Troposphere AVOCET Joshua P. DiGangi (PI) DC-8 - AFRC, P-3 Orion - WFF Spectrometer (in situ) CO2

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