Cycle 3 Flight Plans

The Cycle Plan is the baseline schedule approved by SOFIA senior management. It is subject to change depending on budget and operational constraints. The detailed contents, such as targets, observing order and exposure times for each flight series are set about a month before the beginning of each series.

The flight plan tables for series that have been planned are available via the links. These tables contain information about the flight legs during which observations of astronomical targets, including calibrators, are planned. The durations listed for each leg are the total times, not the actual exposure times on target. Generally, the overall 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 plans may differ from these in minor ways.

Cycle 3 Flight Plans (posted March 4, 2015)

Flight Series
Name Instrument Date Number of flights Location
OC2-I and OC3-A EXES Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (All day) 6 Palmdale
OC3-B FIFI-LS Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, March 26, 2015 (All day) 8 Palmdale
OC3-Maintenance-1 N/A Wednesday, April 01, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, April 30, 2015 (All day) Palmdale
OC3-Commissioning-1 upGREAT Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, May 21, 2015 (All day) 4 Palmdale
OC3-C FORCAST Thursday, May 28, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, June 04, 2015 (All day) 5 Palmdale
OC3-D-1 FORCAST Saturday, June 13, 2015 (All day) 1 Ferry-flight
OC3-D-2 FORCAST Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (All day) 6 Christchurch
OC3-E FLIPO Monday, June 29, 2015 (All day) 1 Christchurch
OC3-F FORCAST Friday, July 03, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, July 07, 2015 (All day) 4 Christchurch
OC3-G GREAT Sunday, July 12, 2015 (All day) to Monday, July 20, 2015 (All day) 3 Christchurch
OC3-Maintenance-2 N/A Saturday, August 01, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (All day) Palmdale
OC3-H EXES Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (All day) 5 Palmdale
OC3-I FORCAST Thursday, September 10, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (All day) 6 Palmdale
OC3-J FLITECAM Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, October 06, 2015 (All day) 4 Palmdale
OC3-K FIFI-LS Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (All day) 8 Palmdale
OC3-L FORCAST Tuesday, November 03, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (All day) 9 Palmdale
OC3-M GREAT Thursday, December 03, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, December 17, 2015 (All day) 10 Palmdale
OC3-Maintenance-3 N/A Friday, January 01, 2016 (All day) to Monday, January 25, 2016 (All day) Palmdale
OC3-Commissioning-2 HAWC+ Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (All day) to Friday, January 29, 2016 (All day) 3 Palmdale

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