P-3B
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Best in fall, winter, and early spring. Busy in late Spring and summer.
REQUEST PROCEDURE
online requests are submitted at http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/sofrs/
Airborne Platforms
CONTACT
Anthony Guillory
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Code 830, Wallops Island, VA 23337
757-824-2161
Anthony.Guillory@nasa.gov
SECONDARY CONTACT
George Postell
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Code 830, Wallops Island, VA 23337
757-824-1529
George.w.Postell@nasa.gov
SPECIFICATIONS
Aircraft TypeLockheed Martin P-3B, fixed wing, twin prop aircraft
Payload15,000
Range3800
Ceiling27,000
Endurance14 hours
Capabilitylong duration, heavy lift
Airspeed Range140 - 330
Runway Requirements7000' at max weight, min runway is 4500' at light weights
Max Takeoff Weight139,760
Max Fuel Weight61,000
Flight Crew2 pilots, 1 flight engineer, 1 avionics tech, 1 Mission Manager
Number of Seats20
Airworthiness Certificateall flights are operated under Public Law
Typical Usesarctic and antarctic research, atmospheric sampling
Data SystemNo central data system, Project Data System (PDS), John Barrick NASA/LaRC, GPSNAV, Bill Krabill NASA/WFF have some capability in this area
Special Field Support Needsaircraft is self sustaining with on board power and airconditioning
Research Power110V @ 400 Hz, 110V @ 60Hz, 28 VDC, 208V @ 400 Hz, 208V @ 60 Hz
Cabin EnvironmentAirline type environment with temperature control and natural lighting
Rack Space AvailableLimited to approximately 10 double racks
Available Inletsinlets are located on 4 DC-8 window plates and/or on nadir ports.
Available Apertures2 16" diameter nadir window ports, one zenith port located above one nadir ports
Available Hard Points10 wing hard points capable of up to 2000 lb pods.
External Pods2 large instrument bays capable of up to 40" square payloads.
Standard Instruments
Training RequirementsSafety briefings at Wallops, medical screening by a Wallops doctor.
Communications4 VHF, 2 UHF, 2 HF radios, marine band, NASA/DFRC REVEAL in planning
Available Instruments
Other SystemsREVEAL (in planning), PDS
User Support
REFERENCES
Bill Krabill, Tom Jackson, Al Gasiewski
UPDATED ON
3 Sep 2009 13:47