P-3 Orion 05/01/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #32-Thomas - Jakobshavn-Eqip-Store
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:05/01/17 10:16 Z Finish:05/01/17 18:42 Z
Flight Time:8.4 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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OIB - P-3 Orion 05/01/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Jakobshavn-Eqip-Store (priority: baseline)

This is a modified version of the 2011 Jakobshavn-Lake mission, whose main purpose is to extend the ICESat-1 grid begun with Jakobshavn 01 farther upstream. We also densify the ICESat grid over the Eqip Sermia catchment area north of Jakobshavn, and we refly the centerlines of Eqip Sermia, Kangilerngata Sermia, Sermeq Kujalleq and Store Glaciers. Finally we refly the Rink and Kangerdlugssup centerlines.

Weather in the southeast of Greenland remained very poor today, while the far south experienced scattered to broken clouds, some of it quite low.  The west-central (Jakobshavn Basin) area also had some cloud cover, but these clouds were all several thousand feet above the surface, which we knew from this morning's satellite imagery because they were casting long and distinct shadows on the ice sheet surface.  High winds along the west coast north of Ilullisat were a bigger problem, however, since we hoped to operate inside the glacier valleys there, and these valleys could experience moderate turbulence with such winds.  The winds were forecast to diminish considerably during the afternoon, so we re-arranged this mission to work the inland lines first, and the coastal lines in the afternoon.  In the event, we enjoyed a smooth ride on the inland lines, and mild to occasionally moderate turbulence in the coastal glacier valleys.  We successfully obtained data over 100% of the planned lines.

All instruments performed normally today, with the exception of the increased coherent noise for snow radar we noted yesterday.

Data volumes:
Accumulation Radar: 1.4 Tb
ATM: 163 Gb
CAMBOT: 53 Gb
DMS: 111 Gb
FLIR: 17 Gb
KT19: 12 Mb
MCoRDS: 2.0 Tb
Narrow Swath ATM: 31 Gb
Snow Radar: 1.5 Tb

total data collection time: 8.2 hrs

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