Tech

December 19, 2012

NASA ER-2 806 back on flight status; science flights scheduled


NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 No. 806 completed a functional check flight Dec. 12 that validated the aircraft’s systems.

The ER-2 recently concluded five months of maintenance work that included a 600-hour airframe inspection and 800-hour engine inspection.

A new addition to the aircraft is the NASA Airborne Science Data and Telemetry System that records navigation data and controls uplink and downlink capabilities through Iridium satellites.

An upgraded Experiment Interface Panel has a new Ethernet capability that enables more data transmission and command and control options for science payloads.

The aircraft will prepare for January 2013 flights of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s ER-2 X-band Radar, or EXRAD, mission. This study will be followed in February with Earth remote sensing research using the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer, or AVIRIS.

AVIRIS and the MODIS/ASTER Airborne Simulator (MASTER) sensors, the latter co-developed by JPL and NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be installed in 806 to study Earth’s ecosystems during flights planned for mid-March through mid-April. This is a preparatory airborne study supporting the development of the NASA decadal survey Hyper-spectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) satellite mission.

The ER-2, with the capability of flying to 70,000 feet, will also carry the Large Area Collectors used to collect cosmic dust samples that provide valuable information about the origin and history of the solar system. These flights are planned for late April.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 27, 2015

News: U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches - SpaceX has been certified for military space launch, the U.S. Air Force announced May 26. The long-awaited announcement is a game changer, with SpaceX becoming only the second provider cleared by the service to launch national security payloads into orbit.   Business: Northrop Grumman CEO issues...
 
 

New’s Briefs May 27, 2015

U.S. military begins search flights for stranded Rohingya The United States has begun military surveillance flights to help locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people in Southeast Asian seas. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said May 26 that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support. Rathke said the U.S. has offered...
 
 
nasa-commercial-crew

Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission fro...
 

 
af-spacex

Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s Falco...
 
 

Northrop Grumman passes key design review for B-2 weapons management upgrade

Northrop Grumman has successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Air Force that its plans to upgrade key weapons management software for the B-2 stealth bomber are on track and ready to proceed to the next level of development. The company successfully completed the critical design review of the service’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program on Feb...
 
 
boeing-space

Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>