DISCOVER-AQ Flight Campaigns

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DISCOVER-AQ Flight Campaigns



2013 Houston, Texas Campaign Flights: September 2013

View a map of the DISCOVER-AQ 2013 California Field Mission. Credit: NASAFlights begin September 1, 2013 from Ellington Field, near Houston. The flight path is designed to pass over and complement the air quality information gathered at ground measurement sites operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the City of Houston. Many of these sites will also be augmented with additional measurements by DISCOVER-AQ and collaborating scientists sponsored by the Texas Air Quality Research Program.

The DISCOVER-AQ team is working closely with local partners for the Houston campaign who have invested many years of effort to monitor and study air quality in Houston. These partners include the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the City of Houston, University of Houston, University of Texas, Rice University, and Baylor University.


2013 San Joaquin Valley, California Campaign Flights: January and February 2013

View a map of the DISCOVER-AQ 2013 California Field Mission. Credit: NASAFlights began January 16 and went through mid-February, 2013. A four-engine P-3B turboprop plane from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., carried eight science instruments. A two-engine B200 King Air aircraft from NASA Langley carried two remote sensors. Sampling focused on agricultural and vehicle traffic areas extending from Bakersfield to Fresno. The flight path passed over six ground measurement sites operated by the California Air Resources Board and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. 

Key Locations for the 2013 California Flight Campaign

Homebase: Palmdale, Calif.
Ground Sites: Bakersfield, Porterville, Hanford, Huron, Tranquility and Fresno, Calif.


2011 Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Campaign Flights: June 27 to July 31, 2011

Two NASA research airplanes flew over northeast Maryland to study urban air quality and help scientists improve their ability to measure ground-level air pollution from space. One of the aircraft, NASA's P-3B, flew at low altitude -- about 1,000 feet. Approximately 14 flights took place between June 27 and July 31, 2011. 

The low-altitude P-3B flights were easily viewable along the Interstate 95/Baltimore-Washington Parkway traffic corridor from the Washington Beltway northeast to Baltimore and continuing on to the Delaware State line. The flight path also passed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis. Each flight followed the same route, shown as a yellow line on the map. The aircraft retraced this route several times during a day's flight, which lasted up to 8 hours.


Page Last Updated: September 30th, 2013
Page Editor: Katie Bethea