National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has announced its DC-8 will conducted low-level flights over the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley as the flying laboratory returns from a two-month investigation into the life cycles of smoke from fires in the United States, the administration said.
The aircraft and science team will be collecting data as it returns back to its base of operation at NASA´s Armstrong Flight Research Center after completing research on air quality effects from fire smoke in the West and Midwest United States.
A team of scientists onboard the aircraft will sample air in Central and Southern California on the flight back from Salina, Kansas to the DC-8´s base of operation at NASA´s Armstrong Flight Research Center Building 703 in Palmdale, California. To achieve these measurements, the aircraft will fly between 1,500 feet and 3,500 feet over various areas of the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley.
The science team´s primary focus has been the Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality (FIREX-AQ) mission, a joint campaign led by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeking to gain a better understanding of how smoke impacts weather and climate and collecting information that will lead to improved air quality forecasting.