DC-8 10/24/16 - 10/25/16

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Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/24/16 13:26 Z Finish:10/25/16 00:56 Z
Flight Time:11.5 hours
Log Number:178010PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This was a first time survey flight for the DC-8 of the Recovery Channel 01 ice formation. We are told that it is so-named by the British Antarctic Survey because their sledges kept getting lost down crevasses forcing them to be recovered. This was a clear weather flight and typical of the amount of data each instrument records. The MiniRad form Colorado University flew for the first time and seemed to operate well. Data recorded: ATM T5 16GB, T6 17GB, CamBot 9GB, FLIR 15GB Ku radar 327GB, Snow radar 327GB, MCoRDS 907GB Gravimeter 5GB MiniRad 1GB
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 10/24/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

This was a very successful flight of the Recovery Channel 1 mission with no loss of data due to clouds or other instrument issues. This low priority mission was chosen due to the poor weather present over higher priority target areas. The flight is a repeat of the identical 18 October 2012 flight and was last flown in 2014, its purpose is to obtain dh/dt measurements of Recovery Glacier. The mission is primarily designed along ICESat-1 ground tracks and also incorporates a crossing of the tributary channel entering the main Recovery channel from the west.
Take-off today was slightly delayed to account for airport construction as well as a short maintenance test by the air crew, but these did not affect our survey time. The ATM Applanix system appeared to function normally this flight, in contrast to a still unknown issue which affected previous flights. Redundant systems are on board such that no problems have been caused by this yet, but a spare Applanix unit will soon be uploaded to minimize the likelihood of any further problems.
Lastly, a piggyback microwave radiometer instrument called MiniRad was flown on this mission and looked to have successfully collected about 1 Gb of data, the team will analyze this data to test operation of the instrument.
Data volumes
ATM: T5: 16 Gb         T6: 17 Gb
FLIR:  15 Gb
Cambot: 9 Gb
DMS: 37.5 Gb
Snow/Ku radars: 327 Gb each
MCoRDS: 907 Gb
AIRGrav: 5 Gb
data on: 1732
data off: 2030