P-3 Orion 04/24/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1514
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:04/24/13 10:53 Z Finish:04/24/13 18:52 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Operation IceBridge Greenland Deployment - Thule science flight. No aircraft issues reported, successful 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 04/24/13 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F24 Sea Ice - North Pole Transect

Accomplishments

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, accumulation radar, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • CryoSat-2 overpass at 15:58:37 UTC while on survey line.
  • Satellite Tracks: CrysoSat-2 descending orbit 16139.
  • Repeat Mission: 2012.

Science Data Report Summary

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 55 GB None.
DMS yes 117 GB None. Collected 14,653 frames
Snow Radar yes 156 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 156 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 134 GB None.
MCoRDS no N/A MCoRDS was not operated due to sea ice mission.
KT-19 yes 9.5 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

This mission is a repeat of a 2012 IceBridge flight. The intention is to sample ice in the vicinity of the North Pole and also the gradient of that ice between the North Pole and Ellesmere Island. This area had been undersampled by IceBridge prior to 2012. Yesterday a successful CryoSat-2 orbit maneuver was performed and we received the new orbit data just one hour before takeoff. We owe a big thank you to the CryoSat-2 team from ESA for excellent coordination and frequent and rapid updates regarding satellite maneuvers and orbits. Great job! Today's descending orbit 16139 was very close to the 10346 line we flew last year. In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, this mission addresses sea ice level 1 projected requirement SIP2a by extending sea ice baseline observations to the North Pole region, and sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI4 by conducting a sampling mission that is time-coincident with a CryoSat-2 track.

The weather along the entire line was perfect. Even the low clouds over the North Pole area did not cause any problems. At 15:09:42 UTC we flew over the geographic North Pole. At 15:58:37 UTC, CryoSat-2 passed overhead while we were collecting data on the survey line between waypoints 161391 and 161392. At 17:35 UTC, near the coast of Greenland in the Nares Strait we started to climb at waypoint 16139F in order to get back to Thule in time. We collected high-altitude data with ATM T3 and DMS.

Low-altitude data collection started at 12:23 UTC and ended at 17:36 UTC - 5.2 hours. We collected 1.5 hours of additional high-altitude data bringing up the total to 6.7 hours of data collection.

Images: 

Today's mission plan in yellow.