Wanted: Your Input on Draft Call for New SOFIA Instruments
A draft call for the next generation of science instruments for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has been released, with feedback requested by 12 January 2018:
- SOFIA Next Generation Instrumentation − DRAFT (551-kilobyte PDF)
The scientific community is invited to make comments on this draft, not only for clarity of the solicitation, but also for inclusion of any new ideas, strategies, or recommendations that will lead to submission of proposed instruments capable of realizing transformational and compelling science.
The anticipated due date for proposals is mid-April 2018. Please share this information with interested colleagues. Questions and/or comments may be sent to Kartik Sheth.
SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches). The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. The SOFIA Program Office is at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which manages SOFIA's science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).