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SOFIA

SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. During its planned 20-year lifetime, SOFIA also will inspire the development of new scientific instrumentation and foster the education of young scientists and engineers.

SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches).

L3 Platform Integration provided design engineering, airframe structural modifications and telescope integration/installation for SOFIA, and conducted ground/flight test activities to deliver a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified aircraft system. In addition to the support provided for SOFIA integration and testing, L3 continues to provide sustaining engineering for the life of SOFIA.