SOFIA Observing Cycle 2
Observing Cycle 2 Time Allocation Committee results
The results of the SOFIA Observing Cycle 2 Call for Proposals process are now available:
Announcement of Cycle 2 Time Allocation Committee results delayed
The Time Allocation Committee for the German SOFIA Cycle 2 has met on September 17/18 at the DSI in Stuttgart to evaluate and rank the proposals by scientific merit.
Due to the US Government shutdown the announcement of the results will be delayed. Proposers will be notified in person as soon as the final results are available. Thank you for your understanding.
The time allocation team (TAC) will meet on September 17 and 18
The deadline for SOFIA Cycle 2 proposal submission has passed on June 28. A total of 22 proposals were received. The SOFIA time allocation committee (TAC) will meet on 17 and 18 September 2013 to evaluate and rank these proposals.
Call for German Proposals
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is pleased to invite proposals for its second regular observation cycle which is planned to take place from February through December 2014.
The official Call for German Proposals document is available for download from this website. It containts all necessary information in order to prepare and submit a proposal for scientific observations during Cycle 2.
For FIFI-LS proposals only:
The version of the SOFIA Proposal Tool (SPT v2.3.3) available until now contains a bug that prevents FIFI-LS proposals from being submitted. If you are planning to submit a proposal for SOFIA Cycle 2 using FIFI-LS, please use the latest version of SPT (v2.3.4), available here. Files (*.spt) generated by the older version and saved can be opened using the updated version.
This applies only to FIFI-LS proposals. No change is required for proposals using any of the other instruments.
Cycle 2 Schedule
The nominal schedule for the Cycle 2 observing program is as follows:
|May 15, 2013||Release of Call for German Proposals.|
|June 7, 2013||Call for Proposals update|
|Proposal ingest open|
|June 29, 2013, 08:59 CEST||Proposal Submission deadline|
|September 2013||Proposal Selections Announced|
|February – December, 2014||Cycle 2 observing period|
- SOFIA Cycle 2 Call for German Proposals
- SOFIA Observer's Handbook for Cycle 2
- Overview Paper: Young et al. 2012, ApJ, 749, L17: “Early Science with SOFIA, the
Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy”
Links and Tools
- SOFIA Science Web Page (USRA)
- SOFIA Data Cycle System
- SOFIA Proposal Tool (SPT)
- SOFIA Visibility Tool (VT)
- SOFIA Instrument Time Estimator (SITE)
- GREAT Time Estimator
- FLITECAM Grism Observation Calculator
- FORCAST Grism Observation Calculator
- Atmospheric Transmission Estimator (ATRAN)
- Frequently Asked Questions