IDEAS Instrument Proposal

Description of IDEAS Participation

Briefly describe the proposed instrument(s) and how it might fit with the IDEAS guidelines. Describe the anticipated benefits from participation in IDEAS.

Flight Needs

Briefly describe the flight profiles/patterns needed (include time required at a specific altitude or the length of a sample leg if appropriate). Also specify the number of flights in which you would like to participate.

Inlet and mounting requirements

Do you require any air inlets or special mounting requirements?

Supporting Measurements

Describe any supporting measurements that you require or that might benefit your participation in IDEAS (e.g., PMS probes, CN counter, etc.)

Proposed Participants

List participants and their function (scientists, engineer, student)  
Will each participant fly on the C-130Q? Explain.  

User-supplied Scientific Payload

Note: All user-supplied equipment must meet RAF safety and design specifications. Refer to RAF Bulletin No. 3 (, RAF Bulletin No. 13 ( and Design Guide RAF-DG-00-001 ( RAF will review each instrument for conformity with these specifications and can assist with some instrument modifications to comply with them. Contact Allen Schanot, (303)497-1063, for more information or to discuss the feasibility of a particular project.

Please provide the following information for each user-supplied scientific instrument:

Instrument Name:  
Individual weight of all components:  
Complete size dimensions of all components:  
Rack-mountable 19" panel space required
(Note: depth beyond 25" will overhang in back)
Supplying your own 19" rack? (yes/no)
(Note: racks must survive 9G crash load.)
Hazardous material required:  
Radioactive sources or materials:  
Power required (watts, volts, amps):  
Type of power (DC, 60 Hz, 400 Hz):  
External Sensor Location (if any):  
Are Signal(s) to be recorded on RAF?s Aircraft Data System (yes/no)?  
If yes: Signal format (digital, analog, serial):  
     Full-scale Voltage:  
     Sample Rate (1, 5, 250 sps):  
Need real-time, in-flight, RAF-measurement, serial data feed (RS-232, RS422)?  
Need IRIG time-code feed?  
Special sensor calibration service required?  
Need full-time operator during flight?  
Number of lap-top computers for on-board use:  

Data Recording and Processing Requirements

What additional recording capability is needed? Please give us details on the number of signals, their characteristics, format, synchronous, fire-wire, ethernet, etc. (We may not be able to accommodate any and all signals.)

If nonstandard output formats and/or data rates are required, how often are the measurements needed? Note: The standard format for processed, RAF output data is netCDF. The standard output media are magnetic tape and ftp transfer. (Nonstandard rates and/or formats will be considered as special processing requests.)

Will you be using your own recording system?

Supporting Services

Will NCAR support be required in preparing this instrument for use on the aircraft (other than inspection, installation and power hookup (yes/no)?

If yes, specify type and lead time required.
(EOL/RAF can provide design and fabrication support for hardware and electronic interfaces.)

Ground Support Needs for User-supplied Instrumentation

Preflight needs (prior to take-off) on flight days:

Access hrs
Power hrs

Postflight needs (after landing) on flight days:

Access hrs
Power hrs

Special support needs on flight days (and comments):

Routine Maintenance on non-flight days:

Access hrs
Power hrs

Special support needs on non-flight days (and comments):

On-site data access requirement:

Summary of any special requirements which pertain to RAF support:

Has an EOL scientist/engineer/project manager been consulted to help complete this request? Consultation with EOL staff is strongly encouraged before submitting this request.

Please contact Allen Schanot, (303) 497-1063, if you need more information. The C-130Q web site is