DC-8 10/28/12 - 10/29/12

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Antarctic 2012
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/28/12 13:57 Z Finish:10/29/12 01:15 Z
Flight Time:11.3 hours
Log Number:138003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Depart SCCI at 1357Z. Perform calibration ramp pass to the SE and overfly targets at 1404Z at 2000 ft AGL. Climb to cruise altitudes of FL310 and FL330. Start gravity line data collection over the Ronne Ice Shelf at 1713Z at FL330. Descend to 1500 ft for initial part of low altitude data route for mission. Cross first science waypoint at 1837Z over Foundation Ice Stream area. Six parallel ground tracks in roughly east/west direction flown. Perform radar instrument calibration pitch maneuvers at 1851Z, 2000 ft AGL. Complete mapping at 2053Z and then climb to FL400 for transit to Punta Arenas. Land SCCI at 0115Z.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS200
Total Used215.7
Total Remaining-15.7
138003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/08/12 - 10/09/12130103Transit10.718.9181.1
10/13/12 - 10/14/12130106Science10.944.2155.8
10/16/12 - 10/17/12130108Science11.867.6132.4
10/19/12 - 10/20/12130110Science10.289.4110.6
10/23/12 - 10/24/12130112Science11.3111.988.1
10/28/12 - 10/29/12130115Science11.314654
11/01/12 - 11/02/12130116Science1215842
11/02/12 - 11/03/12130117Science10.6168.631.4
11/06/12 - 11/07/12130119Science9.418911
11/07/12 - 11/08/12130120Science11.5200.5-0.5
11/10/12 - 11/11/12130122Transit11.6215.4-15.4

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.

Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 10/28/12 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F11 Foundation Ice Stream - Support Force Glacier #01


  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the grounding line area of the Foundation Ice Stream.
  • Completed all planned survey lines.
  • Collected additional high altitude ATM and DMS data over sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea during transits.
  • Collected high-altitude gravity data over the Ronne Ice Shelf.
  • Conducted pitch maneuvers for time stamp verification of snow and Ku-band radars.
  • Conducted ramp pass (2,000 ft AGL) at Punta Arenas airport after takeoff for DMS, ATM, snow and Ku-band radar instrument calibration.
  • ATM, MCoRDS, snow and Ku-band radars, gravimeter, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: none

Science Data Report Summary

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 38 GB None.
DMS yes 54 GB None. Collected 6,284 frames.
Snow Radar yes 594 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 594 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 800 GB None.
KT-19 yes 20 MB None
Gravimeter yes 1.2 GB None.
DC-8 On-board Data yes 40 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today we flew 6 grid lines spaced 20 km apart over the grounding line area of the Foundation Ice Stream. The weather conditions in the Weddell Sea forced us again to fly a land ice mission, but at least we were able to choose a high priority mission with regional high priority. The weather in the Foundation Ice Stream area was perfect. We only experienced some occasional moderate to light turbulence. We collected an additional 2.9 hours of high altitude data with ATM and DMS on the transits with beautiful and rare views of the Antarctica Peninsula.

We flew a ramp pass at Punta Arenas airport at 2,000 ft AGL after takeoff to ensure data collection during daylight for DMS and ATM instrument calibration.

ATM data collection Time (UTC) Hours
Begin low altitude data collection 18:30
End low altitude data collection 20:53 2.4
Various high altitude segments 2.9
Total 5.3

Trajectory map of today’s science mission

View of the Antarctic Peninsula from high altitude

View of the Pensacola Mountains

View of the Pensacola Mountains