Gulfstream V - JSC 09/12/19

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Flight Number: 
GV-44
Payload Configuration: 
OIB
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.1 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:09/12/19 10:52 Z Finish:09/12/19 17:55 Z
Flight Time:7.1 hours
Log Number:195004PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:3100 miles
Flight Hour Summary: 
195004
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS120
Total Used83.8
Total Remaining36.2
195004 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
08/19/19GV-34Science3.83.8116.21700
08/21/19GV-35Transit0.64.4115.6300
09/03/19GV-36Transit6.510.9109.12800
09/04/19GV-37Science6.717.6102.42900
09/05/19GV-38Science6.724.395.72900
09/06/19GV-39Science6.630.989.12900
09/07/19GV-40Science6.137832700
09/09/19GV-41Science6.443.476.62800
09/10/19GV-42Science6.850.269.83000
09/11/19GV-43Science6.957.162.93000
09/12/19GV-44Science7.164.255.83100
09/13/19GV-45Science5.870502500
09/14/19GV-46Science7.277.242.83100
09/15/19GV-47Transit6.683.836.22900

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Related Science Report: 

OIB Summer 2019 - Gulfstream V - JSC 09/12/19 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB Summer 2019
Mission Summary: 

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ATM

Narrow Swath ATM

FLIR
CAMBOT

Snow Radar

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OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW: Based on the forecasts this morning, there is a potential for a medium-priority sea ice mission, however we need to monitor the conditions in the Arctic Ocean throughout the day. Northeast Greenland is still out of the question for tomorrow due to low cloud coverage there from a low pressure system off of the coast. 
 
Mission: K-EGIG-Summit
Priority: High
 
The K-EGIG-Summit high-priority land ice mission has been modified from its original version due to the fact that we are only basing out of Thule Greenland this campaign when normally this mission is flown from Kangerlussuaq Greenland. Flying this mission from Thule means we needed to remove the K-transect in the Russell glacier catchment and the EGIG traverse line which ESA’s CryoVex sampled in Spring 2019. We also needed to remove one ICESat-2 ground track: C0795. Unlike with other aircraft used by OIB, the G-V has the range for us to be able to fly important parts of this mission like 4 IS-2 ground tracks around Summit Station. This is of particular importance because at this highest elevation of the ice sheet elevation change, accumulation and melt are not occurring as fast as in other areas of the ice sheet, making it an idea location to validate the elevation accuracy of IS-2 with ATM and ground measurements undertaken by scientists at Summit along portions of these ground tracks.
 
Just like we saw this morning on the satellite imagery, the majority of our flight had clear skies, allowing for optimal data collection. We did encounter some low clouds just on the northern most part of our tracks near Summit station and a little haze. Also during this mission we passed by Summit station three times on different IS-2 ground tracks. Lots of snow dunes and sastrugi were present on the ice.
 
All Instruments preformed without any issues today. Nearly 100% data collection.
 
ICESat-2 RGT latencies (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2):
C0879 (+19)
C0437 (-43)
C0749 (+17)
C0246 (-31)
 
Data volumes collected during today’s mission, which consisted of 4.3 hours of data collection:
ATM:  71 Gb
CAMBOT: 87 Gb
FLIR:  9 Gb
Narrow Swath ATM: 96 Gb green
Narrow Swath ATM: 85 Gb IR
VNIR: 35 Gb
SWIR: 51 Gb
Snow Radar:  0.88 Tb