P-3 Orion 04/01/14

Download PDF
Flight Number: 
F14 North Canada Glaciers
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/01/14 10:58 Z Finish:04/01/14 18:43 Z
Flight Time:7.8 hours
Log Number:14P009PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Today's mission was in support for a cooperative agreement between NASA HQ and the Canadian Space Agency (FR 14P2009). We completed the mission as planned with clear skies and without any turbulence over the glaciers on Ellesmere Island. A perfect day. No significant issues with either aircraft or science instruments.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS24
Total Used19.8
Total Remaining4.2
14P009 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/25/14F10 - Axel Heiberg-EurekaScience5.15.118.9
04/01/14F14 North Canada GlaciersScience7.812.911.1
05/06/14Science Flight - South Canada GlaciersScience6.919.84.2

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.

Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/01/14 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F14 North Canada Glaciers




  • Low-altitude survey (3,000 ft AGL) over glaciers on Ellesmere Island.
  • ATM, Albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, accumulation, MCoRDS and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Collected LiDAR, DMS, and MCoRDS data from high altitude to and from the survey area.
  • Two ramp passes at Thule at 2,000 and 1,000 ft AGL respectively.
  • Satellite track: None.
  • Repeat Mission: Partial.
  • Mission was flown in support for Canadian Space Agency (FR 14P2009).
  • Completed optional line over snow depth ground line at Eureka Sound.


Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 154 GB None.
DMS yes 41 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 418 GB None. Frequent elevation changes impacted data collection.
Ku-band Radar yes 418 GB None. Frequent elevation changes impacted data collection.
Accumulation Radar yes 100 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.9 TB None. Collected data in tomography mode as requested.
KT-19 yes 9 MB None.
Albedo yes 4 GB None.


Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's mission flies a combination of centerlines and fluxgates for the major outlet glaciers of the North Ellesmere and northern Agassiz ice caps. We fly centerlines for the most part, and we add a few fluxgates for glaciers whose centerlines we do not fly. We also fly the 1995 ATM transect across the North Ellesmere ice cap. The centerlines and fluxgates were designed by Dave Burgess and Martin Sharp. The MCoRDS radar was operated in tomographic mode for the entirety of this mission. Aircraft altitude was maintained at 3000-3500' AGL to achieve wide-swath tomography over the glaciers.

We also completed a reflight of a snow depth ground survey line on Eureka Sound for temporal coverage that we have flown on March 25, 2014 in support for CSA sponsored research.

The conditions over Ellesmere Island were perfect. Clear skies and no turbululence

LiDAR data collection started 04/01/2014 11:05 UTC and ended at 17:31 UTC. In total we collected 6.4 hours of science data. 5.7 hours were collected at low altitude.


Figure 1: Trajectory of today's flight in yellow