DC-8 11/04/12

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Antarctic 2012
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:11/04/12 12:00 Z Finish:11/04/12 22:58 Z
Flight Time:11 hours
Log Number:138003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Depart SCCI at 1200Z. Perform calibration ramp pass from SE to NW at 1000ft AGL at 1211Z. Climb to cruise altitude block of FL310 to FL350. Cross first low altitude science waypoint at 1539Z at 1500 ft. Fly ground track pattern of six parallel chevron patterns on NE side of PIG completing this area at 1708Z. Cross PIG to SW side and start low altitude survey at 1722Z. Six tracks oriented in a fan shape were flown. Perform radar pitch maneuvers at 2000 ft AGL at 1726Z. After completing low altitude survey in SW area then fly circuitous track to cross SW & NE ground track lines. Pass over final low altitude waypoint at 1944Z. Climb to FL400 for transit to Punta Arenas. High altitude ATM data collected during transit segments. Perform second calibration ramp pass from SE to NW at 2000ft AGL at 2247Z. Land SCCI at 2258Z.
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

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 11/04/12 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F14 Pine Island Glacier Flank #01


  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the northern and southern flank of Pine Island Glacier.
  • Completed all planned survey lines.
  • Collected additional high altitude ATM and DMS data transits.
  • Conducted pitch maneuvers for time stamp verification of snow and Ku-band radars.
  • Conducted two ramp passes at Punta Arenas airport for 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 47 GB None
DMS yes 91 GB None. Recorded 11,900 frames.
Snow Radar yes 458 GB None
Ku-band Radar yes 458GB None
MCoRDS yes 673 GB None
KT-19 yes 20 MB None
Gravimeter yes 1.1 GB None
DC-8 On-board Data yes 40 MB None

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Our primary target this morning was again a sea ice mission over the Weddell Sea but the predicted conditions clearly prevented data collection in the region. The Pine Island Glacier area was clear and we were able to fly a successful mission under a layer of scattered high clouds. We experienced up to 40 knot winds in the area which cause occasional light turbulence and a significant amount of
wind-blown snow on the surface (Fig. 2).

We flew a ramp pass at 1,000 ft AGL after takeoff and another one at 2,000 ft AGL before landing. It was a perfect flight.

ATM data collection Time (UTC) Hours
Begin low altitude data collection 15:32
End low altitude data collection 19:44 4.2
Various high altitude segments 1.6
Total 5.8

Trajectory map of today’s science mission

Wind-blown snow at the calving front of Pine Island Glacier