NASA and DLR Announced Conclusion of SOFIA Mission

NASA, Partner Decide to Conclude SOFIA Mission

NASA and its partners at the German Space Agency at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) will conclude the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission, after a successful eight years of science. SOFIA will end operations no later than Sept. 30, 2022, at the conclusion of its current mission extension.

SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP airplane modified to carry a reflecting telescope. This 747SP has a 2.5-meter diameter reflecting telescope mounted at the rear of the fuselage. Its main advantage is that it can avoid almost all atmospheric water vapor at high altitude, observe infrared wavelengths that cannot be observed by ground-based equipment when blocked by the atmosphere, anywhere in the world.

Another iconic 747 is about to leave the sky. Luckily, we have this in Infinite Flight!


Read more: NASA, Partner Decide to Conclude SOFIA Mission | NASA

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Hopefully it gets reworked at some point in IF!

Sad sad day to see the end of this awesomeness.

Very sad, I hope it can go to a museum.

Astronomy and aviation combined. Such an interesting topic!

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the SOFIA 747 in IF for the first time, way back when.

I wouldn’t have known about the cancellation if you hadn’t made the topic. Thanks! I wonder why the yearly costs were so expensive. And if the James Webb Space Telescope contributed to the cancellation (?).

I read in Boeing 747SP - Wikipedia.
that “2016, the last 747SP in commercial service was withdrawn from service after 40 years by Iran Air.”

And I think the first airline to have the 747SP was Pan Am.

Years ago I would sometimes see it parked at a gate where the short form really stood out. I used to wonder what it would look like inside.

Ah, I later checked out your link and saw that NASA did mention the James Webb Telscope.

Can’t wait to park it at KEDW 😂

I do not think it’s going to KEDW it more likely going to Southern California Logistics or some airport in Arizona

I love 747 SOFIA non pro users should be able to have this plane