Who: Investigators and mission support include NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and university and contract research organizations.
NASA operates two Lockheed ER-2 Earth resources aircraft as flying laboratories in the Airborne Science Program under the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The ER-2 high-altitude airborne Science aircraft used for this study is based at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) facility in Palmdale, CA.
The NASA ER-2 remains based at AFRC with ~70 science flight hours to participate in FIREX-AQ 22 July – 19 August 2019. The FIREX-AQ deployment base of operations in Boise, ID is reachable by the ER-2 from AFRC with a 4 hour loiter in an 8 hour flight mission. Flight planning priorities are:
The goal for the NASA ER-2 is to serve as a bridge between in-situ and satellite datasets by using an airborne remote sensing instrument suite to help characterize fire development, emission processes, plume evolution, and downwind impacts on air quality. The primary objective (for addressing broad FIREX-AQ science goals) is to provide large-scale observational constraints for fire behavior, plume rise, and smoke emission models, while the specific objectives of this platform are to