P-3 Orion 03/18/14 - 03/19/14

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Flight Number: 
F06 Sea Ice - East Beaufort - with ONR/MIZ/CryoVEx camp
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:03/18/14 16:48 Z Finish:03/19/14 01:00 Z
Flight Time:8.2 hours
Log Number:14P008PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Some coastal fog and low clouds aside a very successful mission in good conditions, including data collection over a ONR/MIZ/CryoVEx Ice Camp in the Beaufort Sea. All science instruments nominal.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS369
Total Used354.1
Total Remaining14.9
14P008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/10/14WFF to Thule TransitTransit8.117.8351.2
03/12/14Sea Ice - Nansen GapScience7.625.4343.6
03/13/14Sea Ice - Zig Zag EastScience7.733.1335.9
03/14/14Thule - Fairbanks Transit: Sea Ice - Laxon LineScience8.841.9327.1
03/15/14 - 03/16/14Sea Ice - SIZRS ZigZagScience8.150319
03/17/14 - 03/18/14Sea Ice - North Beaufort Loop - with BarrowScience8.258.2310.8
03/18/14 - 03/19/14F06 Sea Ice - East Beaufort - with ONR/MIZ/CryoVEx campScience8.266.4302.6
03/19/14 - 03/20/14F07 Sea Ice - Beaufort -Chukchi DiamondScience8.374.7294.3
03/21/14F08: Sea Ice – South Basin TransectScience8.583.2285.8
03/24/14F09: Sea Ice – Giles GatewayScience891.2277.8
03/25/14F10 - Axel Heiberg-EurekaScience394.2274.8
03/26/14F11 - Zigzag WestScience7.9102.1266.9
03/28/14Sea Ice – South Canada BasinScience7109.1259.9
03/31/14F13 Sea Ice – CryoVEx NordScience7.3116.4252.6
04/03/14F15 Sea Ice - North Canada BasinScience8.2124.6244.4
04/04/14Transit from Thule to KangerlussuaqTransit2.8127.4241.6
04/05/14Science Flight #16 - East GlaciersScience7.8135.2233.8
04/07/14Science Flight - Southwest Coastal AScience7.7142.9226.1
04/08/14Science Flight - Southeast Glacier 01Science7.6150.5218.5
04/09/14Science Flight - Jakobshaven Glacier 01Science8158.5210.5
04/10/14Science Flight - K-EGIG Summit MissionScience7.9166.4202.6
04/12/14Science Flight - OSU ClustersScience6.6173196
04/14/14Science Flight - Jakobshavn-Eqip-Store Science7.7180.7188.3
04/15/14Science Flight - Southwest Glacier 01Science7.3188181
04/16/14Science Flight - IceSat 2 CentralScience8.4196.4172.6
04/19/14Science Flight - Jakobshaven 02Science6.4202.8166.2
04/21/14Science Flight - Geikie Glacier 01Science8.6211.4157.6
04/23/14Science Flight - Baffin 02Science6217.4151.6
04/24/14Science Flight - Helheim-KangerdScience8.2225.6143.4
04/25/14Transit Flight - Kangerlussuaq to ThuleTransit2.6228.2140.8
04/26/14Science Flight - NW Glacier 02 Mop-UpScience5.6233.8135.2
04/28/14Science Flight - North Pole TransectScience7.3241.1127.9
04/29/14Science Flight - Northeast Glaciers 01Science7.8248.9120.1
04/30/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 01Science2.6251.5117.5
05/01/14Science Flight - Humboldt 01Science5.5257112
05/02/14Science Flight - Cryosat LandScience7264105
05/05/14Science Flight - IceSat 2 - NorthScience827297
05/07/14Science Flight - NW Glaciers 01Science828089
05/08/14Science Flight - North Central Gap 01Science828881
05/09/14Science Flight - NW Coastal BScience6.9294.974.1
05/12/14Science Flight - Alexander-Petermann 01Science7301.967.1
05/14/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 01Science7.7309.659.4
05/15/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 06Science8317.651.4
05/16/14Science Flight - NW Coastal CScience6.1323.745.3
05/19/14Science Flight - North Glaciers 02 PrimeScience8331.737.3
05/20/14Science Flight - Northwest MopupScience6.5338.230.8
05/21/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 04Science7.9346.122.9
05/23/14Transit Flight - Thule to WallopsTransit7.5353.615.4
05/23/14Transit Flight - Thule to WallopsTransit0.5354.114.9

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 03/18/14 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F06 SI East Beaufort with MIZ/CryoVEx Ice Camp


  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea.
  • ATM, Albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, accumulation radars,and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: none


Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 49 GB None.
DMS yes 139 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 314 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 314 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 92 GB None.
MCoRDS no N/A Not operated due to sea ice mission.
KT-19 yes 8 MB None.
Albedo yes 4 GB None.


Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight is a new mission plan. It is designed to sample sea ice in the eastern Beaufort Sea in an area which lacked IceBridge coverage prior to 2013, which is also of priority interest to the Canadian Space Agency. We also overfly the CryoVEx/ONR Marginal Ice Zone Camp #2 with 9 overflights and a pass over the groomed skiway. The leg near Banks Island (EBC-EBD) is to survey the very thin ice which typically forms in this region. In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, it addresses sea ice level 1 projected requirement SIP2b by extending sea ice baseline observations to the southern Beaufort Sea, west of Banks Island.

The satellite imagery showed mostly clear conditions in the survey area except for low clouds along the coastal areas (Fig. 4). The conditions over the ice camp were excellent and we even encountered leads with very thin ice and small spots of open water along the 15 km long survey line. We clearly saw the corner reflectors and markers as well as the camp and the groomed skiway, which helped as visual aid (Fig. 3). The 9 passes were within a 65 m wide swath (Fig. 2). The latest GPS buoy coordinates indicated that the ice floe was moving with around 850 meters/hour. Most of the drift was along the survey line, with only a small northward component, which made it easier to steer the P-3 exactly over the survey line.

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south - north pass across groomed skiway and survey line

We had two windows of LiDAR data collection. The first window started at 03/18/2014 18:20 UTC and ended at 03/18/2014 22:40 UTC. Clouds interrupted data collection. The second window started at 22:50 and ended at 23:18 UTC. In total we collected 4.8 hours of science data. The lasers recorded 100% of the surface returns during that time. We had to turn early at the northern waypoint EBBS in order to make up for time lost during the passes over the ice camp site.


Figure 1: Today's mission plan and P-3 trajectory.

Figure 2: Trajectory map of the 10 passes over the ONR/CryoVEx ice camp #2.

Figure 3: DMS image of one of the western end of the main survey grid showing garbage bag markers and corner reflector

Figure 4: 3 µm satellite image available before takeoff