P-3 Orion - WFF 04/03/19

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Flight Number: 
#2070: 2019 OIB Science Flight #1
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.6 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/03/19 11:00 Z Finish:04/03/19 18:38 Z
Flight Time:7.6 hours
Log Number:19P017PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:1938 miles
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS250
Total Used216.3
Total Remaining33.7
19P017 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/26/19#2053: 2019 OIB ATFCheck0.90.9249.10
03/27/19#2059: 2019 OIB PTF-LaserCheck2.33.2246.80
03/28/19#2061: 2019 OIB PTF-RadarCheck3.26.4243.60
04/01/19#2068: 2019 OIB WFF-BGTL Transit FlightTransit6.913.3236.72458
04/03/19#2070: 2019 OIB Science Flight #1Science7.620.9229.11938
04/05/19#2072: 2019 OIB Science Flight #2Science7.728.6221.41910
04/06/19#2073: 2019 OIB Science Flight #3Science7.235.8214.22000
04/08/19#2075: 2019 OIB Science Flight #4Science6.942.7207.31780
04/09/19#2076: 2019 OIB Science Flight #5Science7.850.5199.52045
04/10/19#2081: 2019 OIB Science Flight #6Science10.160.6189.42702
04/11/19#2082: BGSF-BGTL TransitTransit2.262.8187.2696
04/12/19#2083: 2019 OIB Science Flight #7Science7.2701802109
04/15/19#2086: 2019 OIB Science Flight #8Science4.874.8175.21243
04/16/19#2087: 2019 OIB Science Flight #9Science7.682.4167.62036
04/17/19#2088: 2019 OIB Science Flight #10Science7.790.1159.91937
04/18/19#2090: 2019 OIB Science Flight #11Science7.897.9152.12008
04/19/19#2091: 2019 OIB Science Flight #12Science7.6105.5144.52104
04/20/19#2092: 2019 OIB Science Flight #13Science6.9112.4137.60
04/22/19#2094: 2019 OIB Science Flight #14Science6.61191311867
04/23/19#2099: 2019 OIB Science Flight #15Science7.7126.7123.31979
04/25/19#2102: 2019 OIB BGTL-KBGR Transit FlightTransit6.2132.9117.10
04/26/19 KBGR to BGSF TransitTransit5.7138.6111.40
05/05/192019 OIB Science Flight #16Science7.8146.4103.60
05/06/192019 OIB Science Flight #17Science8.4154.895.20
05/07/192019 OIB Science Flight #18Science8.5163.386.70
05/08/192019 OIB Science Flight #19Science8171.378.70
05/12/192019 OIB Science Flight #20Science9180.369.70
05/13/192019 OIB Science Flight #21Science7187.362.70
05/14/192019 OIB Science Flight #22Science7.9195.254.80
05/15/192019 OIB Science Flight #23Science8.3203.546.50
05/16/192019 OIB Science Flight #24Science6.3209.840.20
05/17/192019 OIB Transit Transit6.2216340
05/17/192019 OIB Transit Transit0.3216.333.70

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion - WFF 04/03/19 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: ICESat-2 Devon
Priority: High
This is a new mission for 2019, primarily designed to sample the left and right beam pairs of ICESat-2 over the Devon Ice Cap and nearby undulating bare rock (likely to be snow-covered in April). The intention is to validate the geolocation of ICESat-2 footprints. The pattern of ICESat-2 ground tracks is nearly repeated, targeting the left beam pair on one pass and the right pair on the other. We validate range biases on the center beam pair during other missions. We also re-fly a pair of historical OIB lines crossing the ice cap, and one of the new ICESat-2 lines is a very close match to a 2012 CryoSat-2 line.
Our first mission for this campaign got us started on the right foot, with a promising forecast and light winds. Following a short transit across the northern end of Baffin Bay, we descended onto the Devon Ice Cap and began a series of roughly north-south back-and-forth lines along ICESat-2 ground tracks. We concluded the mission with an east-west transect along an historical OIB line, before returning to Thule AB. The ice cap, tidewater glaciers, landfast sea ice and snow-covered ground were all surveyed. We experienced a brief period of mild turbulence, but otherwise the flight was smooth. Most instruments performed very well, but the Headwall Nano-Hyperspec VNIR sensor had to be rebooted a few times and CAMBOT had a brief shutoff early in flight. ATM reported 100% return detection over target areas with improved IR performance at higher altitudes, and MCoRDS operated successfully in beam-steering + ping-pong mode for the duration of the mission with near-continuous observation of the bed when monitoring a single channel. We conducted roll maneuvers over Baffin Bay for MCoRDS and a ramp pass for ATM at 1500 ft AGL.
We surveyed the left and right beam pairs of 7 ICESat-2 ground tracks during this mission, listed below with their temporal latency relative to ICESat-2 cycle 3.
ICESat-2 reference ground track (RGT) / latency (days, positive/negative = ICESat-2 orbits after/before our flight)
134 / +4
195 / +8
256 / +12
317 / +16
446 / +24
385 / +20
324 / +16
Attached images:

  1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
  2. Frazil ice, leads and sea smoke in a Devon Island fjord (Eugenia De Marco / NASA)
  3. Glacier margin abutting a polar mesa (Eugenia De Marco / NASA)
  4. Tidewater glacier discharging from the north of Devon Ice Cap (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
  5. Medial moraine where two outlet glaciers from the Devon Ice Cap meet (Jeremy Harbeck / NASA)
  6. Outlet glacier discharging from the Devon Ice Cap (Jeremy Harbeck / NASA)

Frazil ice, leads and sea smoke in a Devon Island fjord

Glacier margin abutting a polar mesa

Tidewater glacier discharging from the north of Devon Ice Cap

Medial moraine where two outlet glaciers from the Devon Ice Cap meet

Outlet glacier discharging from the Devon Ice Cap