The G-III/C-20A Research Testbed provides NASA, industry and academia with a long-term capability for the efficient test of subsonic flight experiments and Airborne Earth Science endeavors.
The G-III/C-20A has been upgraded with basic research capabilities which can be customized to meet specific customer requirements. The aircraft will provide a subsonic platform with the following performance capabilities:
|Max Operating Altitude||45000 ft|
|Max Endurance Cruise||0.73-0.74M|
|Max Range Cruise||0.75-0.76M|
|Range with full passengers||3400 nm|
|Endurance (.82M @ 37k)||5 hours (nominal), up to 7 hours|
|Max Ramp Weight||70,200 lbs|
|Max Zero Fuel||46,000 lbs|
|Max Takeoff||69,700 lbs|
|Max Landing||58,500 lbs|
|Max Fuel Capacity||28,800 lbs|
The aircraft has been structurally modified to carry Earth Science instruments in the UAVSAR pod mounted to the belly of the fuselage. Additionally, the navigation system is being enhanced to support precision navigation for repeat pass Interferometry missions.
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