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ER-2 Performance and Specifications
September 15, 2014

Two ER-2 aircraft, the civilian version of the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, are used as airborne science platforms by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. The single-seat aircraft are platforms for high-altitude science missions flown over various parts of the world and have acquired data above 95 percent of the Earth's atmosphere.

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They are also used for Earth science and atmospheric sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and data validation. The ER-2s can carry a maximum payload of 2,600 pounds of experiments in a nose bay, the main equipment bay behind the cockpit, two wing-mounted superpods, and small underbody and trailing edges.

Aircraft Specifications

Dimensions:
 

Length: 63 ft long
Wingspan: 104 ft
Vertical tail: Top of vertical tail is 16 ft above ground when aircraft is on bicycle-type landing gear

 

Primary Mission/Capabilities:

• Airborne science platform (in situ and remote sensing)
• Atmospheric sampling
• Sensor research
• Satellite calibration and data validation

Performance:

Speed: 410 kts at altitude
Operating altitude: from 20,000 to well above 70,000 feet
Load factor: 2,600 lb of experiments in nose bay, main equipment bay, and two wing-mounted

 

Range/Duration:

Range/Duration: 2,200 nm/6 hr; capable of missions in excess of 10 hours and ranges in excess of 6,000 nm
Engine: Single GE F-118 engine
Engine thrust: 17,000 lb

 

Test Instrumentation:

• Aircraft instrumentation recording/transmission
• Video transmission

Aircraft Systems:

• Four pressurized modular experiment compartments
• Standard flight control system
• Single GE F-118 engine

 

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ER-2 three-view drawing
ER-2 three-view drawing.
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Page Last Updated: September 15th, 2014
Page Editor: Yvonne Gibbs