Grism and Imaging Modes of the Mid-IR Instrument FORCAST are commissioned on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

The mid-infrared camera (FORCAST) for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has been undergoing line operations and commissioning flights in preparation to support Cycle 1 science which begins later this month. NASA Ames Research Center researcher Kimberly Ennico has been supporting the grism (or spectroscopic) mode during the line operations and commissioning flights. Luke Keller (Ithaca College) leads the grism team with help from his undergraduate students, plus Greg Sloan (Cornell), Dan Jaffe (UT Austin), Kimberly Ennico (NASA Ames), and Tom Greene (NASA Ames). The main FORCAST commissioning crew from Cornell University (Instrument PI is Terry Herter) and the USRA FORCAST Instrument Scientists Jim DeBuizer and Andrew Helton (both based at NASA Ames) are working to get the FORCAST instrument and all its modes ready for the upcoming science flights. Kimberly Ennico (Code SSA) has been writing a blog for Ames's Public Affairs Office (PAO) though the Mission:Ames blog site on the NASA main page about both May line operations and June commissioning flights. 

The main Mission:Ames blog site, which showcases Ames researchers "in the field" can be found http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=mission-ames