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Cycle 5 Flight Plans
The Cycle Plan is the baseline schedule approved by SOFIA senior management. These schedules are subject to change depending on budget and operational constraints. Details such as targets and exposure times for each flight series are finalized about a month before the beginning of the series.
The table below gives information about the Cycle 5 Flight Series. The flight plan tables for series that have been planned are available via the links, and they contain information about the flight legs including the targets being observed, and the total durations. Generally, the layout of observations is not expected to change in any major way, but since the posted plans are approved several weeks before the flight dates, the actual flight plan may differ from the posted ones in minor ways.
Cycle 5 Flight Series (posted March 7, 2017)
*During the re-planning of the fall 2017 schedule the OC5-M series ID was dropped to avoid planning confusion.
|Name||Instrument||Date||Number of flights||Location|
|OC4-N and OC5-A||GREAT||Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 16, 2017 (All day)||11||Palmdale|
|OC5-B||FIFI-LS||Friday, February 24, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (All day)||8||Palmdale|
|OC5-C||EXES||Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (All day)||6||Palmdale|
|OC5-D||FORCAST||Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 04, 2017 (All day)||3||Palmdale|
|OC5-E||HAWC+||Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (All day)||7||Palmdale|
|OC5-F||EXES||Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 26, 2017 (All day)||3||Palmdale|
|OC5-G||GREAT||Monday, June 05, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)||7||Palmdale|
|OC5-H||GREAT||Monday, June 26, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, July 16, 2017 (All day)||12||Christchurch|
|OC5-I||FIFI-LS||Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, July 29, 2017 (All day)||4||Christchurch|
|OC5-J||FORCAST||Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (All day)||6||Christchurch|
|OC5-K||FORCAST||Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (All day)||10||Palmdale|
|OC5-L||FLIPO||Monday, October 02, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 07, 2017 (All day)||4||Daytona Beach|
|OC5-N*||HAWC+||Monday, October 16, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (All day)||18||Palmdale|