ER-2 High-Altitude Platform
The ER-2 aircraft arrives Aug. 8, 2013, at Ellington Field in Houston in preparation for NASA’s Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys -- SEAC4RS for short – Earth science mission. (NASA Photo)
NASA operates two Lockheed ER-2 Earth resources aircraft as flying laboratories in the Sub-Orbital Science Program under the Agency's Science Mission Directorate. The aircraft, based at NASA's Science and Aircraft Integration Facility in Palmdale, CA, collect information about our surroundings, including Earth resources, celestial observations, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and oceanic processes. The aircraft also are used for electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and satellite data validation.
Click here for more information on NASA's Airborne Science Program.