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Jeremie Vaubaillon
1900 trail:
peak ZHR = ~600
time = 19:57 UT (Oct 8)
radiant RA = 263.2 deg, DEC = +55.8
1873-1894 trails:
peak ZHR = ~60?
time = 17:09 UT (Oct 8)
radiant RA = 263.3 deg, DEC = +55.4

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Danielle Moser (MSFC)
peak ZHR = ~750
time = 19:52 UT (Oct 8)

Esko Lyytinen
1900 trail:
time = 20:12 UT (Oct 8)
peak ZHR = 150
peak sol long = 195.038
duration FWHM = 70 min
1887 trail:
time = 17:02 UT (Oct 8)
peak ZHR = 16
peak sol long = 194.908
duration FWHM ~ 25 min
(update: 2011/1/21)

Mikhail Maslov
1900 trail:
peak ZHR = 40-50
time = 20:13 UT (Oct 8)
radiant RA = 263.3 deg, DEC = +55.8
speed Vg = 20.9 km/s
1894 trail:
peak ZHR = 8
time = 18:06 UT

Mikiya Sato
1900 trail:
peak ZHR = 500
time = 20:36 UT (Oct 8)
1873-1894 trails: peak ZHR = 100
time = 17:05 UT (Oct 8)

Draconid MAC
team leads:

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Jeremie Vaubaillon,
Observatoire de Paris
Airborne observations Safire (CNRS) aircraft
[email]
[Career pages]

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P. Koten,
Ondrejov Observatory
Airborne observations Falcon 20E (DLR) aircraft
[email]

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Dr. Peter Jenniskens,
SETI Institute
Groundbased observations
[email]

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V. Della Corte
Universita degli studi di Napoli "Parthenope"
DUSTER - Dust collection by balloon
[email]

Mission statement - The 2011 Draconids Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign is an international campaign to study the exceptional 2011 October 8 Draconid meteor outburst from the air and ground.


Calendar of events

Dates and times are subject to change:

2011, Sept. 19 - Vaubaillon to travel to Toulouse-Francazal to bring all the cameras
2011, Sept. 19 - Oct. 2nd - Integration of the cameras in the SAFIRE plane (SAFIRE team)
2011, Sept. 24 - Retreival CAMS units (Jenniskens)
2011, Sept. 29 - first SAFIRE test flight (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 2nd - Scientists arrive at Francazal (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 3rd - Minor modifications, if needed

2011, Oct. 4rd - 1st test flight to check if instruments operational (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 5 - Minor modifications of Safire aircraft (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 5 - Scientist arrive at Oberpfaffenhofen for DLR/Falcon deployment (Koten)
2011, Oct. 5 - Ground team - arrival of Jenniskens in Amsterdam, team up with Miskotte and Johannink
2011, Oct. 6 - 2nd test flight SAFIRE, everything must work after this flight (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 6 - Instrument installation DLR/Falcon (Koten)
2011, Oct. 6 - Ground team to arrive at Kuehlungsborn, Germany, single-station tests (Jenniskens)
2011, Oct. 7 - SAFIRE deployment to Kiruna, Sweden, arrival around 10 pm local time (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 7 - 19h UT: Falcon deployment to Kiruna, Sweden (Koten)
2011, Oct. 7 - Practice night Kuehlungsborn, Germany, two-station observations (Jenniskens)
2011, Oct. 5 - Falcon deployment to Kiruna, Sweden (Koten)

2011, Oct. 8 - Draconid shower

2011, Oct. 9 - At 11 am, SAFIRE returns to Toulouse - Francazal, France (Vaubaillon)
2011, Oct. 9 - Falcon returns to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany (Koten)
2011, Oct. 9 - Return from Kuehlungsborn, Germany (Jenniskens)


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