DC-8 11/05/14

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Flight Number: 
150118
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
11.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/05/14 12:01 Z Finish:11/05/14 23:27 Z
Flight Time:11.4 hours
Log Number:158003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Purpose of Flight: OIB 2014 Science Flight – Ferrigno-Alison-Abbott 01 at 1500 ft AGL Aircraft Status: Airworthy Sensor Status: All instruments operated Significant Issues: None Accomplishments: Takeoff at 309 12 01 02 Land 309 23 27 52 After takeoff accomplish a calibration ramp pass at 1207Z and 1500’agl. Climb to transit altitude of FL330. Start descent at 1429Z. Complete tracks at 1500 ft agl as follows: 1. Westerly run 1511Z-1516Z-1519Z-1524Z-1534Z-1559Z 2. 180 deg turn for easterly run 1605Z-1631Z-1641Z-1648Z-1653Z 3. 180 deg turn for westerly run 1658Z-1704Z-1720Z-1744Z 4. Turn north 1752Z-1808Z 5. Climb to 2000 ft for radar calibration pitch maneuver 6. Turn south 1821Z-1837Z 7. Turn north 1848Z-1904Z 8. Turn south 1916Z-1932Z 9. Turn north 1946Z-1959Z 10. Perform ATM calibration: 1200 ft MSL 2002Z-2004Z 1600 ft MSL 2005Z-2007Z 2000 ft MSL 2008Z-2010Z Climb to FL410 for transit to SCCI. Ramp pass at SCCI at 2322Z and 1300 ft agl. Planned events: Continue science flights out of Punta Arenas, Chile
Flight Hour Summary: 
158003
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS300
Total Used292.1
Total Remaining7.9
158003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/06/14150101Science1.21.2298.8
10/07/14 - 10/08/14150102Science5.26.4293.6
10/08/14150103Science3.710.1289.9
10/13/14150104Transit10.420.5279.5
10/13/14150105Transit3.223.7276.3
10/16/14150106Science1134.7265.3
10/18/14 - 10/19/14150107Science11.946.6253.4
10/20/14150108Science11.758.3241.7
10/23/14150109Science11.870.1229.9
10/25/14150110Science11.481.5218.5
10/26/14 - 10/27/14150111Science11.993.4206.6
10/28/14150112Science11.5104.9195.1
10/29/14150113Science10.9115.8184.2
10/31/14150114Maintenance2.8118.6181.4
11/01/14150115Maintenance3121.6178.4
11/02/14150116Science10.9132.5167.5
11/03/14150117Science11.1143.6156.4
11/05/14150118Science11.4155145
11/06/14150119Science11.1166.1133.9
11/07/14150120Science10.9177123
11/08/14150121Science11.4188.4111.6
11/10/14150122Science11.2199.6100.4
11/11/14150123Science11.2210.889.2
11/13/14150124Science11.4222.277.8
11/14/14150125Science11.5233.766.3
11/15/14150126Science11.2244.955.1
11/16/14150127Science11.125644
11/21/14150128Science11.2267.232.8
11/22/14150129Science10.827822
11/24/14150130Transit2.9280.919.1
11/25/14 - 11/26/14150131Transit11.2292.17.9

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 11/05/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F11 Ferrigno-Alison-Abbott 01

 

Accomplishments

 

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over Ferrigno and Alison Glaciers and the Abbott Ice Shelf.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, MCoRDS, gravimeter, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Collected high altitude data on transit to and from the survey area.
  • Ramp pass at Punta Arenas airport after takeoff at 1,500 ft AGL.
  • Ramp pass at Punta Arenas airport before landing at 1,300 ft AGL.
  • Pass over the flight deck of the USS Constellation at 2.000 ft AGL for ATM Applanix calibration.
  • Collected data over sea ice at 1200, 1500 and 2000 ft AGL for ATM Applanix calibration.
  • Elevation maneuvers over sea ice for snow and Ku-band validation.
  • Satellite tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: Ferrigno-Alison lines in 2012, Abbott lines in 2009.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 49 GB New Applanix IMU installed before flight.
CAMBOT yes 68 GB None.
DMS yes 91 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 515 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 515 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.4 TB None.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 3.5 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 500 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 2.0 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's This is a new flight, designed to collect dh/dt measurements on established OIB flight lines along the coast near the Ferrigno and Alison ice streams, and on the Abbott Ice Shelf and adjacent grounded ice along the Eights Coast.

The Ferrigno-Alison-Abbott 01 mission plan was the mission with the highest priority and best forecast for today and also increased spatial coverage on this campaign. We considered flying the Bellingshausen Sea, but without satellite image and a lot of skepticism about the forecast models we decided not to. Significant cloud cover observed on the transit in and out of the survey area confirmed that this was the right decision.

LiDAR data collection started 11/05/2014 14:29 UTC and ended at 20:37 UTC. In total we collected 6.1 hours of combined high and low altitude LiDAR data. ATM received 100% surface returns. The weather in the area was perfect.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.

Figure 2: Flight deck of the USS Constellation anchored in Punta Arenas. Credit: Digital Mapping System/NASA.