P-3 Orion 04/11/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #20- CryoVex 2 (High Priority)
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:04/11/17 11:05 Z Finish:04/11/17 18:55 Z
Flight Time:7.8 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
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 04/11/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: CryoVex-2 (priority: high; new line)

 

This mission is a coordinated flight with the CryoVex experiment. It is similar to the first CryoVex mission flown on 03/24/17, also from Thule. This second mission is a coordination with a Christian Haas-led in-situ campaign along the same line (York Univ., Canada). In addition to Level 1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, the mission addresses sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI4 and SI9 by coordinating the mission with both CryoSat-2 and the CryoVex effort. In this case, we followed CryoSat-2 track 37179 on a descending flight. To maximize the science return from this mission and best expand our geographical coverage of Arctic sea ice, we also flew most (~3/4) of the northern portion of the high-priority North Canada Basin mission prior to joining the CryoSat-2 track at ~88ºN and following on a southeasterly course.

 

Cloudy conditions persisted across northwestern Greenland today. We flew through a haze across Nares Strait and part of Ellesmere Island, but were able to collect ATM T5 narrow scan data over most of Ellesmere Island at high altitude. We then descended to survey altitude and encountered mostly clear conditions over lots of consolidated sea ice with relatively few leads for most of the mission. We passed over the CryoVex team and their Twin Otter at about 37159N just off nadir. Before overflying Alert, we circled once to deconflict from a Canadian C-17 landing there. Finally, we crossed over Nares Strait, Washington Land, icebergs discharged from Humboldt Glacier and Inglefield Land before at mostly high altitude returning to Thule. All instruments performed well today with no issues reported. ATM estimates 98% data collection, despite the occasional haze and higher altitudes. John Farrell, executive director of the US Arctic Research Commission, joined the flight today.

Images: 

Map of today’s mission

Sea ice along the coast of Ellesmere Island

Forward cam image of Alert, Canada

DMS nadir image of Alert, Canada

P-shaped valleys in Inglefield Land, Greenland