DC-8 11/14/14

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Flight Number: 
150125
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
11.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/14/14 11:51 Z Finish:11/14/14 23:19 Z
Flight Time:11.5 hours
Log Number:158003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Three transects over the Foundation and Support Force ice stream grounding lines. Airfield pass over SCCI at 2000 ft. for ATM. All instruments recorded data. ATM LIDAR recorded 32 Gb of data, Cambot 48 Mb, ZenithCam 300 Mb, Albedo 2.3 Mb MCoRDS 1.2 Tb recorded DMS recorded 62.1 Gb Gravimeter 2 Gb Snow & Ku radar 302 Gb/ea. Flight had no untoward events.
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 11/14/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F18 Foundation-Support Force 02

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Foundation Ice Stream and Support Force Glacier.
  • 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 before landing at 1,300 ft AGL.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: new mission plan.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 32 GB None.
CAMBOT yes 48 GB None.
DMS yes 62 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 302 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 302 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.2 TB None.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 2.3 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 300 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 2.0 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight is a new mission plan, one of a suite of five flights designed to sample the bedrock, sub-ice shelf bathymetry and surface topography of the Foundation Ice Stream and Support Force glacier on a 20 km grid. This particular flight targets the area at and just below the grounding lines of these ice streams.

We had a high-priority mission plan over Thwaites Glacier, but because of low clouds visible in the satellite imagery and forecast model decided this was too much of a risk and instead selected the medium priority mission with excellent conditions. The one remaining baseline mission plan on the northern Antarctic Peninsula was not possible today. Conditions in the survey area were excellent and we were able to collect additional high-altitude data on the way to and from the survey area.

LiDAR data collection started 11/14/2014 15:29 UTC and ended at 20:04 UTC. In total we collected 4.6 hours of LiDAR data.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.