European Facility For Airborne Research Jan. 18, 2019, 03:35
|Min speed||24 m/s|
|Max speed||73 m/s|
|Usual speed during measurements||41 m/s|
|Usual speed during transit flights||46 m/s|
|Ascent rate||3 m/s|
|Max ceiling||16 400 ft|
|Usual ceiling during measurements||10 000 ft|
oxygen above FL100
|Empty weight||640 kg|
|Max take-off weight||930 kg|
|Max payload||143 kg|
|Max scientific payload||143 kg (X-coordinate of 2nd point)|
|Usual scientific payload during measurements||110 kg|
|Scientific payload for max endurance||n/c|
|Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel||5 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)|
|Endurance at max scientific payload||3 h (Y-coordinate of 2nd point)|
|Max range||833 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)|
|Conditions for max range||
high cruise altitude
|Range at max scientific payload||None km|
|Usual range during measurement flight||626 km|
|Weather conditions limitations||
VFR, daytime, crosswind: 8 kts
|Take-off runway length||337 m|
1 x Rotax 914 F3
|Crew (pilots + operators)||
|Seats available for scientists||
Two seats side by side. Small "baggage" area for payload behind seats, max 30 kg
adapter plate for small inlets
Port side underwing pod fitted with view ports for optical sensors; these are open ports.
Each wing is equipped with an underwing pod, max 55 kg total mass each side.
On each underwing pod; available via storm window and baggae area port.
Data is generally logged locally within each functional system as well as key outputs being redundantly logged centrally (2 x CSI CR1000 dataloggers) and, in some cases, on other systems where such data may be relevant. All systems are networked and real time monitoring /control as well as data retrieval are performed remotely via a central 'Control/Display Computer' (the exceptions being hyperspectal and photograhic imaging, where swappable SSD / memory cards are used for data transfer). Data may also be retrieved across the network directly to an external ruggedised PC with local RAID storage and hot-swappable drives via umbilical. The network also provides system synchronisation via GPS-based NTP signal (which is also broadcast in NMEA/PPS for precsion synchronisation where available).
|Aircraft total electrical power (kW)||
|Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists||
0.8 kW; Each payload bay (i.e. each pod and the cabin) is provided with 6 independently switched circuits as follows: 2 x 28 VDC; 2 x 14 VDC; 1 x 5 VDC; 1 x 115 VAC single phase 60 Hz.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 312609