Suit Up & Fly High in NASA's ER-2 Science Spy Plane
Suit up with a NASA high altitude ER-2 pilot as he prepares for a scientific research mission flying as high as 70,000 feet in the agency's modified U-2 spy plane.
NASA operates two Lockheed ER-2 Earth resources aircraft as flying laboratories in the Airborne Science Program under the Agency's Science Mission Directorate. The aircraft, based at NASA Armstrong's Building 703 in Palmdale, CA, collect information about Earth resources, celestial observations, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and oceanic processes. The aircraft also are used for electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and satellite data validation.
Learn more about the ER-2 from NASA here: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-046-DFRC.html