P-3 Orion 04/09/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
6.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:04/09/13 10:50 Z Finish:04/09/13 17:16 Z
Flight Time:6.4 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- aircraft and data collection nominal
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 04/09/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F14 Southeast Glaciers 02

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the southeast coastal regions.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Ramp pass at Kangerlussuaq Airport at 2,000 ft AGL for ATM and radar calibration.
  • Conducted pitch and roll maneuvers over the fjord for snow and Ku-band radar calibration.
  • Satellite Tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: none.
Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 52 GB None.
DMS yes 96 GB None. Collected 13,846 frames on primary system.
Snow Radar yes 195 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 195 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 154 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 765 GB None.
KT-19 yes 8 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This is a new mission, designed to fly the centerlines of the largest glaciers in the southeast not included in other IceBridge missions flown to date. These include a southern branch of Ikertivaq, a wishbone-shaped glacier emptying into Koge Bay, Gyldenlove, the Tingmiarmiut wishbone, and an unnamed glacier emptying into Mogens-Heinesen Fjord. We transit to and from the area on new east-west master grid lines, and we transit between the glaciers on lines previously flown in the Southeast Coastal suite of missions.

The weather over the Geikie Plateau area was suitable for a mission but we decided to fly the Southeast Glacier 02 mission today that has only medium priority, because of a very rare combination of relatively low winds and cloud-free conditions. The area typically has severe turbulence while cloud-free and today we experienced the best conditions in the area in terms of turbulence. We had some moderate turbulence along the glacier runs as expected but were able to complete the entire mission as planned.

Data collection started 11:05 UTC and ended at 16:45 UTC. We collected 5.6 hours of science data.

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