P-3 Orion 04/07/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #18- Combined Zig Zag East Mission and Transit ENSB to BGTL
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:ENSBTo:BGTL
Start:04/07/17 10:05 Z Finish:04/07/17 18:22 Z
Flight Time:8.3 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This was a combined science and transit flight, relocating the aircraft to Thule Air Base from Svalbard.
Flight Hour Summary: 
17P006
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS333.6
Total Used332
Total Remaining1.6
17P006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
02/24/17Airworthiness Test FlightCheck11332.6
02/26/17Project Test Flight #1Check4.95.9327.7
02/27/17Project Test Flight #2Check38.9324.7
03/07/17Transit FlightTransit8.217.1316.5
03/09/17Science Flight #1 - North Pole TransectScience825.1308.5
03/10/17Science Flight #2 - Laxon LineScience8.533.6300
03/11/17 - 03/12/17Science Flight #3 - Chukchi West LineScience841.6292
03/12/17 - 03/13/17Science Flight #4 - North Beaufort Loop LineScience8.149.7283.9
03/14/17 - 03/15/17Science Flight #5 - East Beaufort Loop LineScience857.7275.9
03/20/17Science Flight #6 - Sea Ice South Basin Transect (to Thule)Science8.165.8267.8
03/22/17Science Flight #7 - North Flux 02Science7.973.7259.9
03/23/17Science Flight #8 - Zig Zag West LineScience7.981.6252
03/24/17Science Flight #9 - CryoVEx LineScience5.887.4246.2
03/27/17Science Flight #10 - Northwest Coastal A LineScience7.494.8238.8
03/28/17Science Flight #11 - North Central Cap 01 LineScience7.6102.4231.2
03/29/17Science Flight #12 - Ellesemere Island 01 LineScience7.6110223.6
03/30/17Science Flight #13 - Ellesemere South LineScience7.9117.9215.7
03/31/17Science Flight #14- Alexander-Petermann LineScience6.5124.4209.2
04/03/17Science Flight #15- Zachariae 79N Fram Straight and BGTL ENSB TransitScience7.4131.8201.8
04/05/17Science Flight #16 - Svalbard North Line (High Priority)Science7138.8194.8
04/06/17Science Flight #17- Svalbard South Mission (High Priority)Science8.5147.3186.3
04/07/17Science Flight #18- Combined Zig Zag East Mission and Transit ENSB to BGTLScience8.3155.6178
04/10/17Science Flight #19- North Central Gap 3Science7.8163.4170.2
04/11/17Science Flight #20- CryoVex 2 (High Priority)Science7.8171.2162.4
04/12/17Science Flight #21-Northwest Coastal CScience7.2178.4155.2
04/13/17Science Flight #22-North Glaciers 02 Prime (High Priority)Science8.2186.6147
04/14/17Science Flight #23-IceSat-2 North/CryoSat-2 SARInScience7193.6140
04/17/17Science Flight #24-Humboldt 01(High Priority)Science7.8201.4132.2
04/19/17Science Flight #25-Sea Ice - South Canada Basin (MediumPriority)Science7.8209.2124.4
04/20/17Transit Flight to KangerlussuaqTransit3212.2121.4
04/21/17Science Flight #26-Southeast CoastalScience8220.2113.4
04/22/17Science Flight #27-Helheim-KangerdScience7.8228105.6
04/24/17Science Flight #28-Geikie 01 (High Priority) Science823697.6
04/26/17Science Flight #29-Devon-Bylot (Medium Priority)Science7.9243.989.7
04/28/17Science Flight #30-Penny 01 (Medium Priority)Science6249.983.7
04/29/17Science Flight #31-Thomas - Jakobshavn 01Science8.4258.375.3
05/01/17Science Flight #32-Thomas - Jakobshavn-Eqip-StoreScience8.4266.766.9
05/02/17Science Flight #33-Thomas - ICESat-2 Central Science7.9274.659
05/03/17Science Flight #34-Thomas - Southwest Coastal AScience8.3282.950.7
05/05/17Science Flight #35-Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq Gap B (High Priority)Science8.2291.142.5
05/06/17Science Flight #36-Helheim-K-EGIG-Summit Science8299.134.5
05/08/17Science Flight #37-Southeast Glaciers 01 (High Priority)Science8307.126.5
05/10/17Science Flight #38-Umanaq B (High Priority)Science8315.118.5
05/11/17Science Flight #39-ICESat-2 South (High Priority)Science8.1323.210.4
05/12/17Science Flight #40-Nuuk FjordsScience1.83258.6
05/13/17Transit Flight to Dover DE (to clear customs)Transit6.4331.42.2
05/13/17Transit Flight to Wallops Flight FacilityTransit0.63321.6

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/07/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Sea Ice - Zigzag East (priority: high)

This mission is a repeat or near-repeat of an OIB flight flown in prior years. It is intended to sample the thick multi-year ice near the Greenland coast as well as the gradient to thinner ice closer to the pole.  The eastern- and westernmost gradient lines are IceSat-2 ground tracks. In addition to Level 1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, the mission addresses sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI3b by sampling thick multi-year ice near the northern coast of Greenland and the poleward gradient towards thinner ice.  For 2017, we configure this mission as a transit mission between Thule and Longyearbyen, incorporating a low-altitude survey across the Fram Strait (copied from that portion of the Giles Gateway flight from prior years). We also occupy some 1996/2002 ATM lines over some of the Svalbard ice caps in transit to the sea ice.  Finally, we arrived in the Thule vicinity this afternoon with some time to spare, so we took advantage of that by picking up some "mop-up" lines in the Inglefield Fjord and Cape Alexander areas, before we landed.  We had missed these short lines during a mission last Friday due to limited airport hours that day.

We enjoyed an almost unbelievable run of favorable weather for our Svalbard evolution this week, starting with our transect across northern Greenland and the Fram Strait on Monday, including our extensive surveys across the eastern Arctic Basin in the middle of the week, and running right through today.  We encountered a small area of fog for 30-40 miles of the eastern portion of the Fram Strait today which prevented our collection of optical data along that small stretch, and we encountered a few scattered clouds over the Nares Strait near the end of the flight, but otherwise we enjoyed clear skies and smooth air all day today, for better than 98% successful data return.

All instruments performed well.  The ATM team successfully repaired a minor problem with an optical adjustment device on the T5 transceiver last night, and encountered no further problems with it today.

Data volumes:
Accumulation Radar:  309 Gb
ATM: 161 Gb
CAMBOT: 45 Gb
DMS: 123 Gb
FLIR: 16 Gb
KT19: 10 Mb
MCoRDS: 274 Gb
Narrow Swath ATM: 33 Gb
Snow Radar: 1.3 Tb

total data collection time: 7.8 hrs