P-3 Orion 04/02/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1486
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
6.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGSF
Start:04/02/13 11:30 Z Finish:04/02/13 17:56 Z
Flight Time:6.4 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 Deployment: Transit Flight from Thule Air Base to Kangerlussuaq
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 04/02/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F09 North Central Gap 02

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Greenland Ice Sheet.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Two ramp passes at Kangerlussuaq. One at 1,000 ft AGL and another one at 1,500 ft AGL for ATM and radar calibration.
  • Satellite Tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: none.
Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 43 GB None.
DMS yes 81 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 223 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 223 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 123 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 635 GB Weak noise on data of unknown origin.
KT-19 yes 7 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This mission, along with the North Central Gap 01 and 03 missions, are primarily designed to fill a gap in altimetry and radar coverage of the north-central portion of the ice sheet. The original plan was to re-occupy centerlines of the Rink and Upernavik (central), glaciers, and establish new centerlines of the Mikkelsen and Waltershausen glaciers on the east coast, and refly portions of the northwest coast-parallel grid flown from 2010-2012.

This mission is a target of opportunity for the transit flight from Thule to Kangerlussuaq. Therefore the mission has to be flown on the day of the scheduled transit flight and cannot be chosen during favorable weather conditions. Most of the survey line was clear except for the southwestern part. Before moving from the taxiway onto the runway we had to return to the ramp and shut down the engines to checkout a small issue. Because of the poor weather over parts of the survey line, a 30 minute delay in takeoff and the heavy weight of the aircraft we skipped the four glacier lines on today's flight.

The weather along most of the shortened survey line was good. Data collection started 11:53 UTC and ended at 16:21 UTC. We collected 4.7 hours of science data.

Images: 

Today's shortened flight plan over the Greenland Ice Sheet in yellow.

DMS image mosaic of melt water channels