P-3 Orion 04/28/14

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight - North Pole Transect
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/28/14 11:37 Z Finish:04/28/14 18:54 Z
Flight Time:7.3 hours
Log Number:14P008PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:North Pole Transect Mission was completed today even with a late takeoff due to waiting for fuel and getting de-iced.
Flight Hour Summary: 
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
03/10/14WFF 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 04/28/14 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F30 Sea Ice - North Pole Transect




  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, accumulation, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Ramp pass at Thule Air Base at 1,500 ft AGL.
  • Pitch maneuvers for snow and Ku-band radars.
  • Satellite tracks: CryoSat-2: 21497
  • Repeat Mission: 2013


Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 61 GB None.
DMS yes 114 GB Nav system logging on PC failed 3 hours before landing.
Snow Radar yes 62 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 62 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 83 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 300 MB None. Collected equalization data, no science data due to sea ice mission.
KT-19 yes 7 MB None.
Albedo yes 5 GB None.


Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's mission is a repeat or near-repeat of a 2013 IceBridge flight. The intention is to sample ice in the vicinity of the Pole and also the gradient of that ice between the Pole and Ellesmere Island. This area had been undersampled by IceBridge prior to 2012. Nearby descending CryoSat-2 ground track 21497 was chosen on the way south since the space craft passed overhead at 20:54 Z a few hours after our pass. 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.

This morning we had to wait before 2 fuel trucks arrived and we also had to de-ice the aircraft. This resulted in a 45 minute delayed takeoff. A big thank you goes to the flight crew who made up for the time and we were able to completed the entire mission as planned including ramp pass. The weather was perfect in the survey area.

LiDAR data collection started 04/28/2014 11:45 UTC and ended at 18:46 UTC. In total we collected 7.0 hours of science data.


Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow plotted over AMSR2 derived sea ice concentration from April 27, 2014 from the University of Bremen.