P-3 Orion 03/23/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1470
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:PAFATo:PAFA
Start:03/23/13 15:53 Z Finish:03/23/13 23:38 Z
Flight Time:7.8 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, successful data collection for science team.
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 03/23/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F04 Sea Ice - East Beaufort

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Beaufort Sea.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: no

Science Data Report Summary

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 47 GB None.
DMS yes 148 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 213 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 213 GB None
Accumulation Radar yes 111 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 new mission design for 2013. 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. 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 weather over the Beaufort Sea was perfect and we were able to collect 100% data 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 5.0 hours of science data. Data collection started 17:03 UTC and ended at 22:06 UTC.

We had a camera team and producer from Showtime onboard the aircraft during the flight.

Images: 

Today's P-3 trajectory over the Beaufort Sea

DMS mosaic of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea

Infrared satellite image 4 hours before takeoff