DC-8 11/13/14

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Flight Number: 
150124
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
11.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/13/14 11:58 Z Finish:11/13/14 23:24 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 – Bellingshausen 1 Sea Ice at 1,500 ft AGL Aircraft Status: Airworthy Sensor Status: All instruments operated Significant Issues: None Accomplishments: Takeoff at 317 11 58 52 Land 317 23 24 42 After takeoff accomplish a calibration ramp pass at 1206Z and 1500’agl. Climb to transit altitude of FL330. Descend to start sea ice track at 1443Z at 900” agl on south bound track. The following tracks were flown at 900’ to 1500” to avoid clouds: Start west bound track at 1527Z Start southwest bound track at 1704Z Start south bound track at 1726Z Overfly Burke Island at ~ 1742Z and 2600” msl (island altitude appeared to peak at 1300’ agl) Start west bound track at 1755Z Start north bound track at 1817Z Start east bound track at 1912Z Start climb at 2031Z while still on east bound track; climb to FL400. Complete ground tracks and turn north to PUQ at 2113Z. 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 11/13/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F17 Bellingshausen Sea I

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas.
  • 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 1,500 ft AGL.
  • Collected MCoRDS ice thickness data over Burke Island.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 56 GB None.
CAMBOT yes 76 GB None.
DMS yes 120 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 532 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 532 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 0.1 TB None.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 4.8 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 620 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 2.1 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight represents a continuation of the IceBridge time series, repeating much of the 21 October 2009 and 30 October 2010 Sea Ice 01 flights and the 23 October 2011 and 13 October 2012 Bellingshausen 1 flights.

LiDAR data collection started 11/13/2014 14:27 UTC and ended at 21:14 UTC. In total we collected 6.8 hours of LiDAR data. We were able to stay below clouds for most of the day. At 20:30 Z, about two-thirds between waypoints 110n and 111n we climbed up to FL400 to preserve fuel for the return to Punta Arenas. The last 30 minutes on this line were clouded out for DMS and ATM, who otherwise had a very good day.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow. November 12, 2014 AMSR-2 sea ice concentration is from University of Bremen.