DC-8 10/22/16

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/22/16 12:49 Z Finish:10/22/16 23:49 Z
Flight Time:11 hours
Log Number:178010PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Completed “Bellingshausen 2” sea ice flight.  Large areas near the continent had low clouds but we were able to fly a little lower to get under them most of the time.  We lost some ATM/imagery data along the westernmost part of the data lines, but the rest of the flight went well.   We had another problem with the Applanix POS even after replacing a part that could have been the culprit.  ATM team is planning on installing another duplicate Applanix.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS300
Total Used306.9
Total Remaining-6.9
178010 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/14/16 - 10/15/161140Science10.931.5268.5
10/15/16 - 10/16/161141Science11.843.3256.7
10/17/16 - 10/18/161142Science11.855.1244.9
10/20/16 - 10/21/161143Science11.466.5233.5
10/24/16 - 10/25/161145Science11.589211
10/25/16 - 10/26/161146Science11.3100.3199.7
10/26/16 - 10/27/161147Science12.1112.4187.6
10/27/16 - 10/28/161148Science11.5123.9176.1
10/28/16 - 10/29/161149Science11134.9165.1
10/31/16 - 11/01/161150Science11145.9154.1
11/02/16 - 11/03/161151Science11.2157.1142.9
11/03/16 - 11/04/161152Science11.5168.6131.4
11/04/16 - 11/05/161153Science11.1179.7120.3
11/05/16 - 11/06/161154Science11.7191.4108.6
11/07/16 - 11/08/161155Science11.2202.697.4
11/09/16 - 11/10/161156Science11.7214.385.7
11/11/16 - 11/12/161158Science11.3236.563.5
11/12/16 - 11/13/161159Science11.1247.652.4
11/15/16 - 11/16/161161Science11.6270.129.9
11/17/16 - 11/18/161162Science11.1281.218.8
11/18/16 - 11/19/161163Science11.1292.37.7

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 10/22/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB flew the baseline priority Bellingshausen 2 sea ice mission which was designed to provide coverage in the Bellingshausen Sea region by traversing future ICESat-2 orbit tracks. An underflight of CryoSat-2 was also achieved, with the satellite passing over at 13:14Z, which was about 3 hours and 40 minutes after we began the line. The weather forecast for this flight showed clear conditions on the eastern portion of the flight and cloudy conditions present on the western half. Due to the overall poor weather pattern over other target areas, this mission was the only viable option so we elected to take it. Conditions were indeed clear at the beginning of the flight line which included a transit over open water to provide the transition between the open ocean and the edge of the ice pack. The clouds began on the end of the first northern line along the CryoSat-2 track, so we descended in altitude and were able to get under them successfully. The clouds became thicker beginning around the second ICESat-2 track, and the altitude was adjusted throughout the flight to account for pilot visibility, avoiding the radar Nyquist transition zones, and avoiding contamination of the ATM start pulse. During the cloudy portion of the flight the ATM was generally able to see the surface throughout with the exception of the latter half of the most westbound line making for an overall successful flight.

In addition to sea ice data, opportunistic MCorDS data was also taken over a section of land ice near the western edge of the flight.

Data volumes
ATM: T5: 36 Gb         T6: 38 Gb
FLIR:  14 Gb
Cambot: 9.5 Gb
DMS: 88 Gb
Snow/Ku radars: 585 Gb each
MCoRDS: 146 Gb
AIRGrav: 5 Gb
data on: 1440
data off: 2100