European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research April 20, 2018, 14:55

Aircraft: M55 - Geophysica

M55 - Geophysica
Aircraft acronym M55 - Geophysica Registration number 55204
Operator Myasishchev Design Bureau Transnational Access status Closed to TA
Manufacturer Myasishchev Design Bureau, M-55 Engine category Jet
Aircraft type Research Categories Land/Sea surface properties, Stratospheric , Troposphere

Dimensions

  • Length: 22.87 m
  • Height: 4.83 m
  • Wingspan: 37.46 m
Airplane dimensions 22.87 m 4.83 m 37.46 m

Flying performances

Speed
Min speed 0 m/s
Max speed 210 m/s
Usual speed during measurements 0 m/s
Usual speed during transit flights 210 m/s
Ascent rate 20 m/s
Altitude
Min altitude
  • Above sea: 98 ft
  • Above ground: 98 ft
Max ceiling 69 000 ft
Usual ceiling during measurements 67 000 ft
Ceiling limitations

n/c

Payload
Empty weight 16 900 kg
Max take-off weight 24 500 kg
Max payload 2 553 kg
Max scientific payload n/c
Usual scientific payload during measurements 2 000 kg
Scientific payload for max endurance n/c

Endurance
Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel 5 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)
Endurance at max scientific payload 4 h (Y-coordinate of 2nd point)

Range
Max range 3 450 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)
Conditions for max range

at FL574, payload: 1446 kg

Range at max scientific payload None km
Usual range during measurement flight 2 500 km

Other
Weather conditions limitations

n/c

Take-off runway length 1 800 m
Engines

2 x Aviadvigatel D-30V12

Avionics

n/c

Crew and scientists on board

Crew (pilots + operators)

1

Seats available for scientists

0

Cabin

Length n/a m
Width n/a m
Height n/a m
Apertures

on special request

Cabin pressurized

unpressurized payload bays only

More information

The under cabin bay is the main for payload installation. This bay volume is 5.15 m3. Maximum weight of payload installed there is not more 900 kg.
The under cabin bay has 3 zones for payload installation: Name ( number ) of bay / Bay volume [m3] / Weight of installed payload [kg]
- Bay 1: 2.052 m3 and 360 kg max payload
- Bay 2: 1.963 m3 and 430 kg max payload
- Bay 3: 1.135 m3 and 100 kg max payload

The fuselage bay has four zones for payload installation:
- Bay 1: 0.315 m3 and 60 kg max payload
- Bay 2: 0.600 m3 and 80 kg max payload
- Bay 3: 0.580 m3 and 25 kg max payload
- Bay 4: 0.380 m3 and 30 kg max payload

Aircraft modifications

Nose boom

no

Windows

no

Openings

no

Hard points

no

Inlets

no

Additionnal systems

Dorsal bay and wingpods may be added or removed according to the specific mission.
Bay 1 may host one of the following instruments:
GLORIA, MARSCHALS
Bay 2 may host one of the following instruments:
CVI-Package, MARSCHALS
They are all listed in the "optional payload".

Acquisition systems

n/c

Electrical power

Aircraft total electrical power (kW)

n/c

Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists

Primary electrical power.3 phase AC has 115/220V with 400 Hz using two 60 kW. Secondary electrical.DC has 27V. Four non-adjustable transformer rectifier units. Each unit has 6 kW.

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