DC-8 11/07/14

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Flight Number: 
150120
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
10.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/07/14 11:51 Z Finish:11/07/14 22:46 Z
Flight Time:10.9 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 – Thwaites-Smith-Kohler 8 at 1,500 ft AGL Aircraft Status: Airworthy Sensor Status: All instruments operated Significant Issues: None Accomplishments: Takeoff at 311 11 51 43 Land 311 22 46 10 After takeoff accomplish a calibration ramp pass at 1158Z and 2000’agl. Climb to transit altitude of FL330. Start descent at 1518Z. Complete northwest/southeast parallel tracks at 1500 ft agl as follows: 1. Northwest 1551Z-1615Z 2. Southeast 1620Z-1634Z 3. Northwest 1639Z-1654Z 4. Southeast 1659Z-1714Z 5. Northwest 1718Z-1731Z 6. Southeast 1736Z-1755Z 7. Northwest 1802Z-1820Z 8. Southeast 1828Z-1847Z Climb to FL350 for transit to SCCI. 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 11/07/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F13 Thwaites-Smith-Kohler 8

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over Thwaites, Smith, Kohler, and Pope Glaciers.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, MCoRDS, gravimeter, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Collected additional high altitude data on transits to and from the survey area.
  • Ramp pass at Punta Arenas airport after takeoff at 2,000 ft AGL.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: parts in 2012.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 31 GB None.
CAMBOT yes 55 GB None.
DMS yes 61 GB None. Recorded 9,200 frames.
Snow Radar yes 317 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 317 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.0 TB None.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 2.5 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 335 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 2.0 GB Error message during takeoff. Data is believed to be good.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight is a mission plan, based on the western portion of the 2012 PTSK High-Altitude mission. It is designed to collect dh/dt measurements over the Smith, Kohler and Pope Glacier catchments. The 2012 lines were truncated in the east (mostly the portions over Mount Murphy) and extended to the west to capture the entire Kohler trunk.

LiDAR data collection started 11/07/2014 15:15 UTC and ended at 19:19 UTC. In total we collected 4.1 hours of LiDAR data. Conditions in the survey area were perfect. ATM recorded 100% surface returns. The combination of wildlife and terrain made it impossible to complete some the survey lines near Mt. Murphy.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.