July 17, 2014, by Frank Flocke
Picture by Sam Hall
Snowflake (or November One Three Zero Alpha Romeo, as the flight controllers call the NCAR/NSF C-130 Research Aircraft) did great today. And so did all the instrument inside.
We had a very successful test flight today. All instruments performed very well, and we got a good fell for what we can do out there. Our flight plans are so different from what normal aircraft do (we fly at low altitude, we fly zig-zag patterns over interesting emission areas, such as downtown Denver, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, or the forested areas in the mountains) and as a result air traffic control (ATC) has to get used to us as well.
Everything went great and we look forward to the first science flight!