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What: Airborne observation of the Hayabusa Sample Return Capsule re-entry over Australia, using a wide array of imaging and spectrographic cameras.

When: June 13, 2010

Where: Australia

Why: Fast re-entry, similar to that of probes sent to Mars, and similar to natural meteors. Only the second flight test of a thermal protection system under such conditions, following the Stardust SRC entry in January of 2006.

Who: International team of scientists (NASA, JAXA, ...), set up on a research aircraft operated by NASA


Mission statement: A mission to help evaluate the performance of thermal protection systems of atmospheric entry vehicles returning to Earth at superorbital velocities.
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May 31  
0300Z Pre-event meeting at hotel cafetaria (2000-2100 local)

June 01 
            Aircraft in hangar 
1300Z Breakfast (0600 local)
1400Z Arrival at DAOF, badging, safety video (0700 local)
1415Z Setup instruments at DOAF (0715-1830 local)

June 02 
            Aircraft in hangar
1300Z Breakfast (0600 local)
1400Z Setup instruments, EM check - all instruments setup (0700-1200 local)
1900Z Crew brief (1200 local)
1900Z Weight+Balance, Power check, Cabin pressure (1200-1700 local)
            Aircraft on tarmac
0300Z Instrument out-door check (2000-2400 local)

June 03 
            Aircraft on tarmac. 
1600Z Breakfast (0900 local)
1700Z Store all instruments for takeoff and landing (1000-1200 local)
2300Z [no researchers onboard] Shakedown flight (1600 local)
0330Z [no researchers onboard] Night flight certification (2030-2200 local)
0530Z Tarmac instrument tests (2230-0200 local)

June 04 
            Aircraft on tarmac. 
>1600Z Sleep in 
0000Z Crew brief (1700 local)
0100Z Safety brief/egress training (1800 local)
0300Z Instrument test flight (2000-2200 local)
0530Z Tarmac instrument tests (2230-0200 local)

June 05/06: Weekend off

June 07 
>1600Z Sleep in 
 2200Z Egress training (1500 local)
            Aircraft on tarmac. 
 0300Z Media tour (20:00 - 21:00 am)
 0300Z Tarmac instrument calibrations (20:00 - 02:00 am)

PRELIMINARY TRAVEL ITENARY HAYABUSA RE-ENTRY MAC MISSION

v. April 29 - this will be updated as plans develop

DAY 01 = June 08 
0600Z* Sleep usually 2300-0700 local, but today good time to sleep in a few hours
0000Z Baggage at aircraft for loading (Day 01 @ 1700 local)
0130Z Crew brief, Palmdale (1830 local)
0230Z Door close time (1930 local)
0333Z Depart Palmdale (KPMD), California (2033 local, end of civil twilight)
0913Z Arrive Honolulu (PHNL), Hawaii (2313 local)
0930Z Bus pickup bulk of passengers to take to hotel (Day 01 @ 2330 a.m. local). 
            No porterage, carry your own luggage. 

DAY 02 = June 09 
1000Z* Sleep 0000-0800
1900Z Science taem breakfast served at 0900 - 1000 am local
2300Z Room checkout by 1300 local then SETI has reserved 
           two rooms to drop bags in and have access to restrooms.
2300Z Dinner served at 1300-1400 local. Afternoon free 
0300Z Box lunches (to take with us to the aircraft) are available at 1700 local
0300Z DC-8 crew checks out of rooms
0330Z Tech/flight crw departs for aircraft to preflight
0330Z Bus to aircraft 1730 local
0400Z Bus arrives at aircraft, crewbrief on aircraft
0600Z Depart Honolulu (PHNL), Hawaii (2000 local)

DAY 04 = June 11
Cross international date line, where it was DAY 03, now it is DAY 04
1426Z Cross NADI FIR (S31 27.76/E 162 59.86)
1627Z Cross Melbourne FIR (S33 14.71/E 51 29.90) 
1637Z Arrive Melbourne International (YMML), Australia (Day 04 @ 0237 local)
1730Z Clear customs (0330 local)
           Fuel/ secure aircraft
1730Z Transport to hotel (provided by hotel), check into rooms (0330 local)

1800Z* Sleep 0400-1200 local
0100Z Breakfast 1100-1300 local
0800Z Dinner 1800-1900 local
0900Z Press briefing in hotel: 1900-2000 local
1000Z Transport to aiport 20:00
1030Z Night equipment calibration & check on ground (2000 to 0200 local)
1600Z Transport from airport DAY 05, 0130-0200 local

DAY 05 = June 12 (practice observation flight)
1700Z* 0300-1100 sleep
0100Z 1100-1300 breakfast
0800Z 1800-1900 dinner
0900Z 1900-2000 crew brief in hotel
            Box lunches available 
1000Z Transport to airport 2000
1140Z Depart Melbourne (YMML), Australia (2140 local)
1300Z Arrive at landing site (2300 local)
1415Z Depart landing site (0015 local)
1535Z Arrive Melbourne (YMML), Australia (DAY 06, 0135 local)
1600Z Transport to hotel 0200

DAY 06 = June 13 (Reentry observation flight)
1700Z* 0300-1100 sleep
0100Z 1100-1300 breakfast
0800Z 1800-1900 dinner
0900Z 1900-2000 crew brief in hotel
            Box lunches available 
1000Z Transport to airport 2000
1140Z Depart Melbourne (YMML), Australia (2140 local)
1300Z Arrive at landing site (2300 local)
1415Z Depart landing site (0015 local)
1535Z Arrive Melbourne (YMML), Australia (DAY 07, 0135 local)
1600Z Transport to hotel 0200

DAY 07 = June 14
1700Z* 0300-1100 sleep
0100Z 1100-1300 breakfast
0600Z 1600-1700 dinner
            Box lunches available 
0700Z Transport to airport 1700
            Night equipment calibration & check on ground (1700 to 2300 local)
1100Z Transport to hotel 2300 local

DAY 08 = June 15
1400Z* 0000-0800 sleep
2300Z 0900-1000 breakfast
0400Z 1300-1400 dinner
0500Z Transport to airport 1500 local
0530Z Crewbrief on aircraft
0700Z Depart Melbourne International (YMML), Australia (1700 local) 
0710Z Cross Melbourne FIR 0911Z Cross NADI FIR

DAY 08 = June 15
0900Z* sleep in aircraft
Cross international date line. Was Day 08, so now it is DAY 07 
1737Z Arrive Honolulu (PHNL), Hawaii (DAY 08 @ 0737 local) 
1800Z Clear customs 
1800Z Transport to hotel (0800 local)
     Two rooms to drop bags in and have access to restrooms.
1900Z Breakfast served at 0900 - 1000 am local
0300Z Dinner served at 1700-1800 local

DAY09 = June 16
0430Z* sleep (2030-0430 local)
1400Z Box lunches (to take with us to the aircraft) 
1500Z Bus to aircraft 0500 local 
1700Z Depart Honolulu (PHNL), Hawaii (DAY 09 @ 0700 local) 
2238Z Arrive Palmdale (KPMD), California (DAY 09 @ 1538 local)
2300Z De-mod (1600-2000 local)

DAY10 = June 17
0430Z* Sleep (2130-0530 local)

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Curator: Peter Jenniskens
Responsible NASA Official: Jay H. Grinstead

Last update: April 29, 2010


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