Cycle 4 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 4 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 4 Flight Series (posted January 13, revised July 29, 2016)

The SOFIA Program has decided to move the FORCAST OC4-I series ahead of the HAWC+ flights in order to give the HAWC+ team additional time to prepare for the second commissioning series. The flight series designations, OC4-I (FORCAST) and OC4-H (HAWC+) will be retained. The table has been updated to show the revised schedule.

Flight Series
Name Instrument Date Number of flights Location
OC4-A FORCAST Tuesday, February 02, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, February 18, 2016 (All day) 8 Palmdale
OC4-B FIFI-LS Monday, February 22, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, March 10, 2016 (All day) 9 Palmdale
OC4-C EXES Monday, March 14, 2016 (All day) to Friday, March 25, 2016 (All day) 4 Palmdale
OC4-Commissioning-1 HAWC+ Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, May 05, 2016 (All day) Palmdale
OC4-D GREAT Monday, May 09, 2016 (All day) to Friday, May 27, 2016 (All day) 10 Palmdale
OC4-E GREAT Thursday, June 09, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, June 19, 2016 (All day) 8 Christchurch
OC4-F FIFI-LS Friday, June 24, 2016 (All day) to Monday, July 04, 2016 (All day) 8 Christchurch
OC4-G FORCAST Monday, July 11, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (All day) 8 Christchurch
OC4-I FORCAST Monday, August 29, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, September 08, 2016 (All day) 6 Palmdale
OC4-Commissioning 2 HAWC+ Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Monday, September 26, 2016 (All day) Palmdale
OC4-H HAWC+ Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 04, 2016 (All day) Palmdale
OC4-J FLITECAM Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day) 6 Palmdale
OC4-K GREAT Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, November 17, 2016 (All day) 10 Palmdale
OC4-L HAWC+ Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, December 15, 2016 (All day) 8 Palmdale
OC4-M EXES Thursday, January 19, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (All day) 5 Palmdale
OC4-N and OC5-A GREAT Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 16, 2017 (All day) 11 Palmdale

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