P-3 Orion - WFF 04/15/19

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Flight Number: 
#2086: 2019 OIB Science Flight #8
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
4.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/15/19 14:07 Z Finish:04/15/19 18:54 Z
Flight Time:4.8 hours
Log Number:19P017PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:1243 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 04/15/19 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: North Ellesmere 01
Priority: Low
This mission is designed as part of OIB's multi-year dh/dt repeat strategy, and based both on the ATM surveys of the Canadian ice caps dating back to 1995, and to flightlines designed with Dave Burgess and Martin Sharp as part of a CSA/NASA agreement in 2014 and flown that same year. This mission concentrates on the northern Ellesmere ice field and on the Agassiz Ice Cap in east-central Ellesmere. For the northern ice field, we fly a historical ATM line traversing the ice from southwest to northeast plus centerlines of the major glaciers draining the ice field. We also fly a number of such glaciers on Agassiz, along with a pair of historical ATM lines.
After a slow start this morning due to a maintenance issues, we opted for a shortened version of the mission best suited to the remaining airfield hours. We flew only the southern half of this mission over the Agassiz Ice Cap. The first glacier, Joliffe, appeared to be fairly stagnant but its terminus was surrounded by impressively steep topography. Otherwise, we alternated between crossing the ice cap and navigating sharp turns in some of its outlet glaciers under typically overcast conditions. ATM T6 had a minor freeze at the very beginning of the survey, but otherwise performed well and ATM reports 99% altimetry data collection. Headwall SWIR also froze up and was quickly rebooted. MCoRDS and Snow Radar performed well.
Attached images:

  1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
  2. Dry supraglacial river channel on mostly stagnant Joliffe Glacier (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
  3. Mountains along the eastern flank of Ellesmere Island (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
  4. Folded stratigraphy exposed along the mountain flanks of Dobbin Glacier (John Sonntag / NASA)
  5. The edge of the main section of the Agassiz Ice Cap (Aaron Wells / IU)



Dry supraglacial river channel on mostly stagnant Joliffe Glacier

Mountains along the eastern flank of Ellesmere Island

Folded stratigraphy exposed along the mountain flanks of Dobbin Glacier

The edge of the main section of the Agassiz Ice Cap