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NASA ER-2 aircraft

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The NASA ER-2 is a high-altitude, moderate-speed aircraft. With a maximum performance altitude of 70,000 feet and a nominal performance altitude of 65,000 feet, the NASA ER-2 travels outside 95 percent of the Earth's atmosphere at approximately 410 knots with a range of 3,000 nautical miles.

The NASA ER-2 aircraft are operated by the High Altitude Missions Branch at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

As part of NASA's Airborne Science and Applications Program, the NASA ER-2 aircraft are used to acquire data for Earth science research (e.g., agriculture, forestry, hydrology, geology, photogrammetry, oceanography, meteorology). These aircraft serve as platforms for a variety of sensors that collect data in support of NASA-sponsored scientific projects as well as projects involving other federal, State, university, and commercial investigators. Data from prototype and operational sensors flown aboard NASA ER-2 aircraft are used in applications, including the study of ozone depletion, agricultural biospheres, wildlife habitats, and forest wildfires. The NASA ER-2 aircraft are part of a fleet of airborne platforms that provide support to the Earth Science Enterprise initiative.

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Crew: One pilot
Aircraft Length: 62 feet, 1 inch
Wingspan: 103 feet, 4 inches
Engine: One Pratt and Whitney J75-P-13B
Base of Operation: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
Flight Duration: 8 hours (6.5 hours nominal)
Payload Capacity: 600 pounds in nose, 750 pounds in equipment bay (also referred to as the Q-bay), 1,360 pounds in two wing pods (i.e., instrumentation areas and wing pods are pressurized)
Other Accommodations: Nadir viewport

Abbreviation: NASA, ER-2
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