The Science Center hosted two workshops in the summer of 2020 to help create a plan and timeline, or a “roadmap,” for SOFIA’s instrument development during 2020-2025. These workshops are organized in response to a request from NASA to develop such a roadmap by September 1, 2020 after the termination of the HIRMES instrument development on April 1, 2020.

The first workshop took place June 22-24, 2020, focusing on cases for new instruments/upgrades and generating community feedback. The second workshop, focused on instrument concepts and feasibilities, was held on July 27-29, 2020.

The Instrument Roadmap report is now available here.


SOFIA Science Instrument Development – Quick Look Guide
Instrumentation Overview and Science Cases
Observer's Handbook
SOFIA Science Vision
SOFIA Science Conference Proceedings, 2010

Additional Information

SOFIA Instrument Guide
Next Generation call for proposals charts
SOFIA Command Language Users Manual (SOF-DA-MAN-OP02-2181)
2018 Science Instrument Development Library
2018 Next Generation Science Instrument Pre-proposal Workshops


Inside NASA’s SOFIA Airborne Astronomical Observatory
Inside the Heart of SOFIA
SOFIA: Astronomy from the Stratosphere
SOFIA Southern Deployment Instrument Change
Finding Helium Hydride, The Universe's First Type of Molecule