DC-8 11/11/14

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Flight Number: 
150123
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
11.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/11/14 11:59 Z Finish:11/11/14 23:11 Z
Flight Time:11.2 hours
Log Number:158003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Airfield pass over SCCI at 2000 ft. for ATM. Two parallel lines over Toney Mountain. Two transects along Gets and Hobbs Coast, one inland a few hundred meters and the second along the charted shoreline. All instruments recorded data. ATM LIDAR recorded 36 Gb of data, Cambot 57 Mb, ZenithCam 370 Mb, Albedo 2.9 Mb MCoRDS 959 Gb recorded DMS recorded 63.6 Gb Gravimeter 2 Gb Snow & Ku radar 356 Gb/ea. Flight was yet again uneventful.
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 11/11/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F16 Getz Ice Shelf A

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Getz Ice Shelf and upper catchments of Smith and Kohler 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 (slightly left of target, but usable data).
  • Elevation maneuvers (a.k.a. pitch maneuvers) over Pine Island Bay for snow and Ku-band radar validation.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: portions in 2010 and 2012.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 36 GB None.
CAMBOT yes 57 GB None.
DMS yes 64 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 356 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 356 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 0.9 TB 19 min data gap in turn between survey lines due to software failure.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 2.9 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 377 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 2.0 GB Warning message during takeoff run. Data assumed to be good.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight is a new mission plan, designed in parallel with the Getz B mission to collect dh/dt measurements over the Getz Ice Shelf and grounded ice just inland. This flight overflies IceBridge lines flown in 2010 (the outboard line) and 2012 (the inland line). In addition, this mission captures two new lines over the upper catchment of Smith and Kohler Glaciers, spaced at 80 km apart. This spacing drops to 40 km if both Getz A and Getz B are flown.

We had 3 target areas with high priority that had a reasonably good weather forecast. Getz A was by far the safest bet. Other than a patch of low clouds during a turn between survey lines we encountered no issues on today's flight. Occasional light to moderate turbulence in the area.

LiDAR data collection started 11/11/2014 15:21 UTC and ended at 19:30 UTC. In total we collected 4.2 hours of LiDAR data.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.