PAVE_1

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NASA DC8 in in the chocks
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Our replacement 6" ZeSn window - ours was dropped by a tech during pressure testing bye-bye $15k.
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Out in the hanger is one of the NASA ER-2 aircraft known to most as the U-2.
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Not top secert anymore - the cockpit of the single seater ER-2. Flys to 70,000ft
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Prototype UAV for environmental sounding - maybe the wave of the future.
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View forward from our station 1 on DC8. Right foreground is our FTS.
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View aft from our station 1 on DC8. Foreground is a microwave emission sounder.
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Mission managers to the left scientists to the right.
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The OSX controlled NCAR FTS after the sun run.
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There are 2 LIDARS onboard so we are aft heavy. They emit through 18" glass ports in the fuselage.
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LIDARS emit high power laser above and below the a/c for ranging of O3, T, H2O, aerosol...
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The lasers
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Watching the temperature and aerosol 15kms above the a/c in real time.
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LIDAR detectors
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First flights for the new COBALT TDL instrument
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Mission manager station - liason between the science manager/scientists and the pilots
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2 pilots, navigator, 2 mission managers, sci. manager, 3 mechanics, data specialist, and 30 scientists
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Still time to gaze out the window.
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Sunset over LA from DC8 18/01/2005