DC-8 10/27/16 - 10/28/16

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/27/16 12:47 Z Finish:10/28/16 00:18 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 the Seelye Loop, a Weddell sea ice pattern named after longtime researcher Seelye Martin. Low clouds impaired some of the flight forcing altitude adjustments. Like many of the sea ice flights there were sightings of some wildlife (seals and the penguins they were dining on).
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 10/28/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the high priority Hull-Land 1 flight. Weather for the flight was excellent with 100% data collection over the survey area as well as high altitude data over prior LVIS lines acquired on the transit over the Getz Ice Shelf. This flight is a new mission, one of a suite of five missions designed to map the coastal region encompassing the Hull and Land glaciers and surrounding areas to the west of the Getz Ice Shelf. This flight is the outboard-most of the five planned flights.

The MiniRad piggyback instrument was also flown on this mission and looked to have successfully collected about 0.5 Gb of data.
Data volumes
ATM: T5: 19 Gb         T6: 14 Gb
FLIR:  7 Gb
Cambot: 8 Gb
DMS: 37 Gb
Snow/Ku radars: 205 Gb each
MCoRDS: 973 Gb
AIRGrav: 5 Gb  
data on: 1641 (high altitude)  1713 (low altitude)
data off: 1925 (low altitude) 2005 (high altitude)

OIB - DC-8 10/27/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the baseline priority Seelye Loop mission in the Weddell Sea. This mission represents a continuation of the IceBridge time series, repeating the 24 October 2009, 26 October 2010, 12 October 2011 and 25 October 2011 missions. It targets gradients in sea ice freeboard and thickness along the “gate” connecting the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula with Cape Norvegia.

Weather for the mission turned out much better than expected from forecasts. Clouds were present at the eastern edge of the line, though they were thin enough for ATM to range through. Overall, there was near 100% data coverage with only a small amount of data lost during a few transition periods to lower altitude to get under clouds. The end of the line was cut short about 200 nm due to fuel constraints, though ATM and DMS collected some high altitude data during the climb out.

The gravimeter was not operated on this flight due to a failure of the generators the prior night. The newly installed ATM Applanix system also failed shortly after take-off, though other systems are on board to mitigate impact to the mission.

The MiniRad piggyback instrument was also flown on this mission and looked to have successfully collected about 0.5 Gb of good data.
Data volumes
ATM: T5: 35 Gb         T6: 39 Gb
FLIR:  15 Gb
Cambot: 15 Gb
DMS: 121 Gb
Snow/Ku radars: 389 Gb each
MCoRDS: Did not collect (sea ice)
AIRGrav: Inoperable due to generator malfunction
data on: 1445  
data off: 2150