S-MODE - B200 (#801) - AFRC 05/05/21 Science Report

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Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Mission: 
S-MODE
Mission Location: 
KEDW
Mission Summary: 

On May 5, the S-MODE team attempted the first joint collection with four instruments: DopplerScatt (JPL), MOSES (UCLA), a wave glider (WHOI), and the newcomer MASS instrument from UCSD SIO. The weather in the Southern California Bight has entered into the yearly May Gray (a precursor to June Gloom): early morning fog fights against the sun, and many times ends up clearing in the late afternoon. Since both MOSES and MASS carry optical instruments, clouds and fog can be very problematic to making good measurements. The initial outlook was good: the GOES satellite showed clearing offshore and the experiment team decided to try their luck. The MASS instrument attempted unsuccessfully to penetrate below the clouds (they can fly as low as 600 ft above the ocean using a Twin Otter airplane from Twin Otter International), but could not find an opening and headed home. DopplerScatt, which uses cloud-penetrating radar, completed one racetrack over the WHOI wave glider and headed home as well to save flying time for the next opportunity. Meanwhile, the team on the ground has been making quick look data products, which are shown below. The data results will be the subject of our next update. All instruments appear healthy, are collecting good data, and are ready to fly on the next opportunity.

Related Flight Report: 

B200 (#801) - AFRC 05/05/21

Flight Number: 
3212
Payload Configuration: 
S-MODE
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
1.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:KEDWTo:KEDW
Start:05/05/21 21:45 Z Finish:05/05/21 23:35 Z
Flight Time:1.8 hours
Log Number:21B002PI:John Farrar
Funding Source:Barry Lefer - NASA - SMD - ESD Earth Venture Suborbital-3 Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Good flight, no issues, early return due to the Twin Otter's early return
Flight Hour Summary: 
21B002
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS25
Total Used25
Total Remaining0
21B002 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
05/03/213209Science1.11.123.90
05/03/21 - 05/04/213210Science5.16.218.80
05/04/213211Transit0.76.918.10
05/05/213212Science1.88.716.30
05/07/21 - 05/08/213213Science5.314110
05/08/213214Transit0.514.510.50
05/10/21 - 05/11/213215Science3.718.26.80
05/18/21 - 05/19/213216Science3.721.93.10
05/19/213217Science3.125-00

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