P-3 Orion 05/09/14

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight - NW Coastal B
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
6.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:05/09/14 10:50 Z Finish:05/09/14 17:46 Z
Flight Time:6.9 hours
Log Number:14P008PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:OIB completed the NW Coastal B mission today. No flights during the weekend. Next science flight scheduled for Monday, 12 May.
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 05/09/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F39 Northwest Coastal B

 

Accomplishments

 

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over northwest Greenland.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, accumulation, MCoRDS and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Ramp pass at Thule at 1,500 ft AGL for instrument calibration.
  • Pitch maneuvers over sea ice/water in North Star Bay for instrument calibration.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: portions from 2010-2012.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 57 GB None.
DMS yes 97 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 233 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 233 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 136 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.7 TB None.
KT-19 yes 11 MB None.
Albedo yes 5 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

The primary candidate mission for today was again a sea ice mission (Connor Corridor) underflying the SARAL spacecraft, which uses the same orbit as Envisat and operates a Ka-band (35.75 GHz) radar altimeter called AltiKa. The plan was to fly the same line out and back, flying the out leg at the normal 1,500' altitude, and the return leg at ~15,000'. The orbit geometry today was suitable for the mission, however, bad weather prevented us from flying the mission (Fig. 2) and instead we selected a high-priority land ice mission that was completely clear except for a small area north of Thule.

The "Northwest Coastal B" mission that we flew is a new mission, created from the 2010-2012 “Northwest Coastal” suite of missions by sampling individual coast-parallel lines from those flights to form a grid spaced at 30-35 km from the coast to near the 2000 m contour line. This is one of three missions designed in this way, which together form a 10 km grid in the area. The others are Northwest Coastal A and C. This particular mission also overflies four PROMICE sites, two near Thule and two near Upernavik.

LiDAR data collection started 05/09/2014 10:58 UTC and ended at 17:06 UTC. In total we collected 6.1 hours of science data. We lost 12 minutes of data on the last line near waypoint N1101S due to low clouds (see infrared satellite image in Fig. 2).

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.

Figure 2: Infrared satellite image (3 µm) downloaded after the flight.