P-3 Orion 04/10/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
6.6 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:04/10/13 10:45 Z Finish:04/10/13 17:18 Z
Flight Time:6.6 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
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 04/10/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F15 Jakobshavn 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 4,000 ft AGL for ATM and radar calibration.
  • Satellite Tracks: ICESat 0300.
  • Repeat Mission: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 45 GB None.
DMS yes 79 GB None. Collected 11,023 frames on primary system.
Snow Radar yes 248 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 248 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 159 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 784 GB None.
KT-19 yes 8.5 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This mission is a repeat of similar 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 IceBridge flights. The primary science objectives are to (a) complete the basic Jakobshavn grid, specifically the east-west lines, (b) repeat longitudinal surveys of the Rink and Kangerdlugssup Glaciers, and (c) occupy ICESat ground track 0300. We also occupy a line connecting Swiss Camp and a pair of Eric Lutz-requested points nearby. This mission was originally configured as a transit flight between Thule and Kangerlussuaq and has been modified to be flown from Kangerlussuaq.

The weather in the survey area was perfect and we had only very weak winds for a change. The ATM team processed data over the Jakobshavn calving front during the flight. A comparison of today's data with the pass on April 4, 2013, 6 days ago, showed that 250 meters of ice must have broken off between the two flights.

Data collection started 11:05 UTC and ended at 16:40 UTC. We collected 5.6 hours of science data.

Images: 

Today's flight plan in yellow. The Jakobshavn 01 mission, flown on April 6, 2013 is shown in white.