P-3 Orion 04/24/14

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight - Helheim-Kangerd
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
8.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:04/24/14 10:38 Z Finish:04/24/14 18:49 Z
Flight Time:8.2 hours
Log Number:14P008PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Helheim-Kangerd mission completed today. P-3B will transit back to Thule tomorrow, 25 April. Potential science flight scheduled for Saturday, 26 April.
Flight Hour Summary: 
14P008
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS369
Total Used354.1
Total Remaining14.9
14P008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/06/141767Check1.31.3367.7
03/06/141768Check2.74365
03/07/141769Check5.79.7359.3
03/10/14WFF to Thule TransitTransit8.117.8351.2
03/12/14Sea Ice - Nansen GapScience7.625.4343.6
03/13/14Sea Ice - Zig Zag EastScience7.733.1335.9
03/14/14Thule - Fairbanks Transit: Sea Ice - Laxon LineScience8.841.9327.1
03/15/14 - 03/16/14Sea Ice - SIZRS ZigZagScience8.150319
03/17/14 - 03/18/14Sea Ice - North Beaufort Loop - with BarrowScience8.258.2310.8
03/18/14 - 03/19/14F06 Sea Ice - East Beaufort - with ONR/MIZ/CryoVEx campScience8.266.4302.6
03/19/14 - 03/20/14F07 Sea Ice - Beaufort -Chukchi DiamondScience8.374.7294.3
03/21/14F08: Sea Ice – South Basin TransectScience8.583.2285.8
03/24/14F09: Sea Ice – Giles GatewayScience891.2277.8
03/25/14F10 - Axel Heiberg-EurekaScience394.2274.8
03/26/14F11 - Zigzag WestScience7.9102.1266.9
03/28/14Sea Ice – South Canada BasinScience7109.1259.9
03/31/14F13 Sea Ice – CryoVEx NordScience7.3116.4252.6
04/03/14F15 Sea Ice - North Canada BasinScience8.2124.6244.4
04/04/14Transit from Thule to KangerlussuaqTransit2.8127.4241.6
04/05/14Science Flight #16 - East GlaciersScience7.8135.2233.8
04/07/14Science Flight - Southwest Coastal AScience7.7142.9226.1
04/08/14Science Flight - Southeast Glacier 01Science7.6150.5218.5
04/09/14Science Flight - Jakobshaven Glacier 01Science8158.5210.5
04/10/14Science Flight - K-EGIG Summit MissionScience7.9166.4202.6
04/12/14Science Flight - OSU ClustersScience6.6173196
04/14/14Science Flight - Jakobshavn-Eqip-Store Science7.7180.7188.3
04/15/14Science Flight - Southwest Glacier 01Science7.3188181
04/16/14Science Flight - IceSat 2 CentralScience8.4196.4172.6
04/19/14Science Flight - Jakobshaven 02Science6.4202.8166.2
04/21/14Science Flight - Geikie Glacier 01Science8.6211.4157.6
04/23/14Science Flight - Baffin 02Science6217.4151.6
04/24/14Science Flight - Helheim-KangerdScience8.2225.6143.4
04/25/14Transit Flight - Kangerlussuaq to ThuleTransit2.6228.2140.8
04/26/14Science Flight - NW Glacier 02 Mop-UpScience5.6233.8135.2
04/28/14Science Flight - North Pole TransectScience7.3241.1127.9
04/29/14Science Flight - Northeast Glaciers 01Science7.8248.9120.1
04/30/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 01Science2.6251.5117.5
05/01/14Science Flight - Humboldt 01Science5.5257112
05/02/14Science Flight - Cryosat LandScience7264105
05/05/14Science Flight - IceSat 2 - NorthScience827297
05/07/14Science Flight - NW Glaciers 01Science828089
05/08/14Science Flight - North Central Gap 01Science828881
05/09/14Science Flight - NW Coastal BScience6.9294.974.1
05/12/14Science Flight - Alexander-Petermann 01Science7301.967.1
05/14/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 01Science7.7309.659.4
05/15/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 06Science8317.651.4
05/16/14Science Flight - NW Coastal CScience6.1323.745.3
05/19/14Science Flight - North Glaciers 02 PrimeScience8331.737.3
05/20/14Science Flight - Northwest MopupScience6.5338.230.8
05/21/14Science Flight - Northeast Grid 04Science7.9346.122.9
05/23/14Transit Flight - Thule to WallopsTransit7.5353.615.4
05/23/14Transit Flight - Thule to WallopsTransit0.5354.114.9

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/24/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F28 Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq

 

Accomplishments

 

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Greenland Ice Sheet and several glaciers on the east coast.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, accumulation, MCoRDS and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Ramp pass at Kangerlussuaq at 1,000 ft AGL.
  • Pitch maneuvers for snow and Ku-band radars.
  • Satellite tracks: ICESat: 0263.
  • Repeat Mission: 2013 and previous years.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 79 GB None.
DMS yes 102 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 426 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 426 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 153 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 2.0 TB None.
KT-19 yes 8 MB None.
Albedo yes 6 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's mission was a repeat mission and very similar to missions flown in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. It captured centerline surveys of the two main branches of Helheim, of Kangerdlugssuaq, Fenris and of several branches of Midgard glaciers. We also reflew the centerline of the Hutchinson Glacier, and established a new centerline of a glacier which empties into the fjord of Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier just beyond its terminus.

Today's mission was the last remaining "baseline" mission, which are missions that need to be flown every year. We have tried to fly this mission since we where here, but have had no luck weather-wise. We had reversed the mission plan in order to get into a small weather window that we had hoped would form. The plan worked out and we only lost insignificant amounts of laser and DMS data over the lower part of one glacier. Parts of the eastd-west transit lines were covered in clouds as expected due to a frontal system that hasn't been moving much over the past two days. 

LiDAR data collection started 04/24/2014 11:00 UTC and ended at 18:45 UTC. In total we collected 7.7 hours of science data.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.