P-3 Orion 03/21/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1456
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:PAFA
Start:03/21/13 12:20 Z Finish:03/21/13 20:50 Z
Flight Time:8.5 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Transit
Comments:2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic: Transit flight from Thule Air Base to Fairbanks International Airport. Aircraft perfomance nominal, science data collection successful.
Flight Hour Summary: 
13P001
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS255
Total Used211.6
Total Remaining43.4
13P001 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/14/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1447Check0.80.8254.2
03/14/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1449Check2.12.9252.1
03/15/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1448Check46.9248.1
03/18/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1450Transit7.914.8240.2
03/20/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1468Science6.321.1233.9
03/21/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1456Transit8.529.6225.4
03/22/13 - 03/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1474Science8.237.8217.2
03/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1470Science7.845.6209.4
03/24/13 - 03/25/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1469Science8.454201
03/26/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1475Transit8.662.6192.4
03/27/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1476Science7.970.5184.5
03/28/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1477Science3.373.8181.2
04/02/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1486Transit6.480.2174.8
04/04/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1484Science8.188.3166.7
04/05/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1489Science7.896.1158.9
04/06/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1487Science8104.1150.9
04/08/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1491Science7.5111.6143.4
04/09/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493Science6.4118137
04/10/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493Science6.6124.6130.4
04/11/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1495Science7.4132123
04/12/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1496Science6.2138.2116.8
04/15/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1502Science7.9146.1108.9
04/18/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1504Transit5.2151.3103.7
04/19/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1505Science7.4158.796.3
04/20/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1508Science6.8165.589.5
04/22/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1512Science7.8173.381.7
04/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1513Science7.718174
04/24/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1514Science818966
04/25/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1515Science7.5196.558.5
04/26/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1516Science7.1203.651.4
05/02/132013 Operation IceBridge ArcticTransit7.5211.143.9
05/02/132013 Operation IceBridge ArcticTransit0.5211.643.4

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 03/21/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F02 Sea Ice - Laxon Line

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over sea ice across the Arctic Basin.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: ICESat tracks: 0329, 0328, 0334
  • Repeat Mission: yes, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012

Science Data Report Summary

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 49 GB None.
DMS yes 121 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 230 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 230 GB None
Accumulation Radar yes 140 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 35 GB MCoRDS operated over land ice. Issues have been resolved.
KT-19 yes 9 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This mission is a near-exact repeat of similar missions flown each year of Operation IceBridge beginning in 2009. Today we collected data the 5th year in a row along this line. In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, the flight addresses sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI3a by providing data on the thickness gradient and distribution of perennial and seasonal ice across the Arctic Basin.

The weather over the Arctic Basin turned out to be better than in the forecast and more consistent with what we had expected from satellite imagery. ATM lost only 20 minutes of data due to clouds and DMS lost 5 minutes of data due to icing on the window. Given the large size of the survey area this is a remarkably low rate of data loss due to weather conditions.

We collected 5.4 hours of science data.

Images: 

Today's P-3 trajectory over the Arctic Basin in yellow

DMS mosaic of sea ice in the Arctic Basin.