P-3 Orion 04/19/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1505
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:04/19/13 11:20 Z Finish:04/19/13 18:45 Z
Flight Time:7.4 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:2013 Operation IceBridge Greenland Deployment- no aircraft issues reported, sucessful data collection
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 04/19/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F20 Northeast Grid 04

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the northwest coastal regions.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Satellite Tracks: ICESat 0419, 0248, 0010, 0047
  • Repeat Mission: none.
Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 63 GB None.
DMS yes 129 GB None. Collected 18,348 frames on primary system.
Snow Radar yes 243 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 243 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 183 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 917 GB None.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

 
This is a new mission, one of a suite of six flights intended to thoroughly sample the bedrock topography of northeast Greenland along a series of nearly coast-parallel ICESat lines. At the same time we obtain altimetry measurements along the ICESat tracks which will enable the calculation of dh/dt over a broad area and a significant time span. This particular mission complements the Northeast Grid 01/02/03 missions with the next two tracks in the inland direction. It transits to the area along short ICESat tracks in the west and new east-west master grid lines. This is a long mission, but we have several options to shorten the mission in real-time if necessary, including completing part of the return transit direct at high-altitude.

The weather forecast and satellite imagery showed clear conditions of much of the northeast Greenland Ice Sheet. We were able to cut through the clouds in the west.

Data collection started 11:27 UTC and ended at 18:21 UTC. We collected 6.9 hours of science data.

Images: 

Today's flight plan in yellow.