Mission Summary
20170922H1 Aircraft 42RF
Hurricane Maria
DWL/COYOTE

Aircraft Crew (42RF)
Aircraft CommanderJustin Kibbey
Co-pilotKahn
Co-pilotDider
Co-pilotMitchell
Flight EngineerKen Heystek
Flight EngineerMike Sanchez
NavigatorFreeman
Flight DirectorJess Williams
System EngineerPaul
Data TechnicianMarc Marasco
Dropsonde OperatorMcAllister

Scientific Crew (42RF)
Lead Project ScientistJoe CioneHRD
Radar ScientistJun ZhangHRD
DWL ScientistKelly RyanHRD
COYOTEBrad KentRaytheon
GuestSteve KennanU.S. Senate aide
GuestChris OliverNMFS

Scientific Crew (ground)
Radar ScientistJohn Gamache HRD

Mission Plan :

NOAA 42RF (N42) will perform an HRD-tasked Doppler Winds LIDAR and COYOTE mission into Hurricane Maria. Takeoff from Lakeland is at 1700Z. Following the Figure-4 vortex survey, aircraft will turn inbound and release the Coyote UAS in the eye. Aircraft will then circumnavigate with repeated penetrations into and out of the eyewall, maintaining close communications with the Coyote UAS as the Coyote spirals outward into the eyewall. N42 flight altitude 10,000ft. Pattern may be updated for center position at time of mission. To the extent possible, keep straight legs heading to center during the initial Figure-4, as TDR data will be transmitted to EMC in real time.

Plan is for a 9-h duration mission.

Expendables: 12 IR sondes, 5 regular sondes, and 12 AXBTs.


Proposed flight track for 20170922H1

Detail of proposed flight track for 20170922H1

Final flight track for 20170922H1

TDR MISSION PLAN: Maria
Prepared by the Hurricane Research Division
September 21, 2017
Aircraft: N42RF
Proposed takeoff: 22/1800Z
DROP LOCATION TABLE
# LAT LON RAD/AZM Time
deg min deg min n mi/deg hr:min
1S23 3771 52 60/3151:53
2S22 1270 20 60/1352:23
3S23 3770 20 60/0452:46
4S22 1271 52 60/2253:16
5S22 4771 14 10/2253:30
6S22 4071 21 20/2253:33
7S22 3871 24 23/2253:35
8S22 3671 26 25/2253:37
9S22 3071 18 25/2053:40
10S22 4171 12 14/2053:44
11S22 4171 01 14/1603:48
12S22 3570 59 20/1603:50
13S22 3070 56 25/1603:53
14S22 3470 48 25/1403:56
15S22 4370 56 14/1404:00
16S22 5370 51 14/0954:03
17S22 5270 44 20/0954:06
18S22 5270 38 25/0954:08
19S23 0170 39 25/0754:12
20S22 5870 51 14/0754:16
21S23 0670 58 14/0304:19
22S23 1170 55 20/0304:22
23S23 1770 52 25/0304:24
24S23 2071 01 25/0104:27
25S23 0871 03 14/0104:31
26S23 0571 15 14/3254:35
27S23 1071 18 20/3254:38
28S23 1571 22 25/3254:40
29S23 0971 29 25/3054:43
30S23 0271 18 14/3054:47
31S22 5271 21 14/2604:51
32S22 5171 27 20/2604:53
33S22 4971 34 25/2604:56

Mission Summary :

Take off Landing
Linder-Lakeland, FL 17:05 UTC Linder-Lakeland, FL 01:24 UTC
Penetrations 8

Expendables:10 dropsondes (9 IR), all good, 8 AXBTs, 7 good, 1 COYOTE, good.

Mission Evaluation:

Problems :


Mission Data :


Timeseries wind, rain rate, and pressure plots

Flight level wind plots full flight

Flight level wind plots in storm

SFMR wind plots full flight

SFMR wind plots in storm

COYOTE #1 data 21:05-21:44 Z

LPS log | Radar log | DWL log | Drop log
Flight Director's log | Flight Director's manifest NetCDF data | serial data


Page last updated Nov. 8, 2017
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