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WB-57
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Call a project manager from the WB-57 contact page for the current schedule. http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/wb57/contact.html
REQUEST PROCEDURE
online requests are submitted at http://suborbital.nasa.gov/sofrs/
Airborne Platforms
The WB-57 is a mid-wing, long-range aircraft capable of operation for extended periods of time from sea level to altitudes well in excess of 60,000 feet. The WB-57 can fly for approximately 6.5 hours and has a range of approximately 2500 miles.
CONTACT
James W. Elkins
NOAA/GMD R/GMD1
325 Broadway Boulder, CO 80305 USA
303 497 6224
James.W.Elkins@noaa.gov
http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/hats/personnel/elkins/elkins1.html
SECONDARY CONTACT
Henry Littlejohn
NASA Johnson Space Center
Building 270, Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
281-244-9505
henry.littlejohn-1@nasa.gov
http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/wb57/contact.html
SPECIFICATIONS
Aircraft Typefixed wing, jet engine
Payload6000
Range2500
Ceiling65000
Endurance6.5 hours
CapabilityFair weather
Airspeed Range190 - 410 (true airspeed)
Runway Requirements7000ft x 150ft at sea level
Max Takeoff Weight63000
Max Fuel Weight22000
Flight Crew2
Number of Seats0
Airworthiness CertificateExperimental
Typical UsesAirborne science, in situ measurements, remote sensing, mapping, communications hub, etc.
Data SystemAircraft attitude, navigational data (GPS and inertial), ambient flight path atmospheric conditions, and precise timing is recorded throughout the flight on the WB-57 Nav Data Recorder. This data stream is also available to aircraft payloads for data processing/recording.
Special Field Support NeedsWB-57 specific tow bar
Research Power110V 400Hz 3 Phase, 110V 60Hz Single Phase, 28VDC
Cabin EnvironmentAssume ambient (at altitude) temperature & pressure for all payload areas. Nose can be pressurized to cabin pressure (~5psi).
Rack Space AvailableSee http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/WB57/designintegration.html for payload mounting area information.
Available InletsCustomers supply custom inlets.
Available AperturesSome 18" windows are available in a six-foot pressure pallet. See http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/WB57/docs/6%27_press_pallet.pdf for detailed information. Researchers are free to customize payload areas (pallet floors, wing hatches, etc.) to suit their own aperture needs.
Available Hard PointsSee http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/WB57/designintegration.html for payload mounting area information.
External PodsPaylaods can be flown in a 12' long pallet bay, 2 wing pods, tail and nose cone, wing hatches, and the aft fuselage compartment. See http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/WB57/designintegration.html for payload mounting area information.
Standard InstrumentsNone
Training Requirementsn/a
CommunicationsUHF, VHF, HF, & SAT phone
Available InstrumentsNone
Other SystemsA navigational data recorder distributes nav data to all payload locations in addition to recording it. The Research Environment for Vehicle-Embedded Analysis on Linux (REVEAL) system is a prototype next-generation tool for aerospace vehicle sensor webs and the future Earth Observation System. REVEAL allows researchers to monitor and communicate with their instruments and observe the vehicle operation in near real-time from their lab or desktop.
User SupportDepending on payload location and complexity, the customer may be empowered to integrate the payload with oversight and approval of the WB-57 program.
REFERENCES
Reference the WB-57 User's Guide for detailed information on WB-57 operations and capabilities, payload design and integration guidelines, payload documentation requirements, Ellington Field facilities, flight request instructions, mission timelines, etc. http://jsc-aircraft-ops.jsc.nasa.gov/WB57/guide.html
REMARKS
The WB-57 program is currently upgrading to new landing gear which may lead to a gross weight increase.
UPDATED ON
8 Sep 2009 11:57