P-3 Orion 03/22/13 - 03/23/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1474
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:PAFATo:PAFA
Start:03/22/13 16:00 Z Finish:03/23/13 00:14 Z
Flight Time:8.2 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic: Fairbanks science flight. Aircraft performance nominal, 5.5 hours of successful data collection.
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 03/22/13 - 03/23/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F03 Sea Ice - Beaufort-Chukchi Diamond

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: yes, 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 274 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 274 GB None
Accumulation Radar yes 138 GB None.
MCoRDS no N/A MCoRDS was not operated due to sea ice mission
KT-19 yes 9 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This is a repeat of a mission first flown in 2012. It is designed to sample sea ice in the western Arctic Basin along north-south gradients in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, it addresses sea ice level projected requirement SIP2d by extending sea ice baseline observations to the southern Chukchi Sea north of the Bering Strait.

The weather over the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas turned out to be better than what we had expected from satellite imagery. ATM lost only 10%  of data due to scattered clouds along the survey line. Given the large size of the survey area this is a remarkably low rate of data loss due to weather conditions.

We collected 5.5 hours of science data.

Images: 

Today's P-3 trajectory over the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

Infrared satellite image 3 hours before takeoff