P-3 Orion 04/05/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #4
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/05/18 10:35 Z Finish:04/05/18 18:32 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:18P008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Today's mission flew the baseline priority ICESat-2 North mission.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS201.2
Total Used190.4
Total Remaining10.8
18P008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/13/182018 OIB Arctic -Airworthiness Test FlightOther0.80.8200.4
03/14/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - LaserOther2.63.4197.8
03/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - RadarOther5.79.1192.1
03/18/182018 OIB Arctic -delta ATFOther0.89.9191.3
03/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to ThuleTransit7.917.8183.4
03/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #1Science7.825.6175.6
04/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #2Science7.933.5167.7
04/04/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #3Science8.141.6159.6
04/05/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #4Science849.6151.6
04/06/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #5Science8.858.4142.8
04/07/18 - 04/08/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #6Science8.166.5134.7
04/08/18 - 04/09/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #7Science8.374.8126.4
04/14/18 - 04/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #8Science7.782.5118.7
04/16/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #9Science8.290.7110.5
04/18/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #10Science898.7102.5
04/19/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #11Science7.7106.494.8
04/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to KangerTransit4.2110.690.6
04/21/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #12Science8.1118.782.5
04/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #13Science6.5125.276
04/23/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #14Science8.2133.467.8
04/25/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #15Science7.7141.160.1
04/26/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #16Science8.8149.951.3
04/27/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #17Science8157.943.3
04/29/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #18Science8.3166.235
04/30/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #19Science9.3175.525.7
05/01/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #20Science7.4182.918.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #1Transit6.4189.311.9
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #2Transit0.6189.911.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #3Transit0.5190.410.8

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/05/18 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the baseline priority ICESat-2 North mission. This mission was designed to overfly planned ICESat-2 ground tracks over a wide range of ice regimes near Thule. Some of the flightlines were centered on each of three beam pairs (left, nadir and right) in turn, sampling at least one of each beam pair during this mission. The east-west crossing line was designed to capture as many ascending/descending crossovers as possible. We also flew a particular flowline of Petermann Glacier which has been sampled intermittently during the ATM and OIB eras, overflying two GCNet sites in the process. The return leg to Thule was modified to overfly a segment of an Ultra-wideband radiometer (UWBRAD) flight line, at the request of Ken Jezek.
Weather was good for much of the mission with only a bit of haze on the southern portion of the flight line, though this did not significantly impact data collection. The DMS primary camera experienced a failure during the flight, the cause is still being investigated. The backup system successfully collected data during the flight with about 1-2 minutes of data lost. All other instruments performed nominally.
Data Volumes
ATM T6: 136 Gb
ATM T7: 160 Gb
FLIR: 15 Gb
KT19: 10 Mb
DMS: 103.5 Gb
Snow radar: 1.36 Tb
MCoRDS: 3.26 Tb
Accumulation radar: 510 Gb
Data on: 1101
Data off: 1830