The conference was held October 17-20, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. The conference website is available here. The presentations slides may be obtained from the link below.
A team from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been selected to develop a new, third-generation facility science instrument for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA.
Observations of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the [C II] 158μm line were obtained using the 14-beam upGREAT Low Frequency Array on SOFIA. The data were obtained under a Director's Discretionary Time program initiated by the SMO Director, Dr. Erick Young. The data are publicly available. Further details about the observations, and links to the data archive are available on the Horsehead Nebula DDT program page.
The NASA selection process for the third generation instrument for SOFIA has entered its final phase. Two instrument proposals selected for a concept study are the Stratospheric Heterodyne Array System for Terahertz Astronomy (SHASTA), Principal Investigator: Paul Goldsmith (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA) and the High Resolution Mid-InfrarED Spectrometer (HIRMES), Principal Investigator: Harvey Moseley (Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD). One of the instruments will be selected to begin development by Fall 2016. Further details about the instrument proposals may be found here.