At the Frontier of Airborne Research aboard NASA’s Flying Laboratory
Using the opportunity provided by NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) we gave wings to our newly developed CHARON aerosol inlet. In cooperation with the University of Oslo our team combined CHARON and a custom built PTR-TOF 4000 instrument.
Airworthiness requires withstanding of heavy G-forces, coping with pressure changes and most importantly being fail safe. Therefore unique modifications to CHARON have been made and thoroughly tested before getting airborne.
Our team was based at Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), in the Mojave Desert for three weeks during June, to install the system in the DC-8 Flying Laboratory and prepare it for the first airborne measurements ever conducted by a CHARON enabled PTR-TOF.