P-3 Orion 05/16/14

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight - NW Coastal C
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
6.1 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:05/16/14 10:55 Z Finish:05/16/14 16:58 Z
Flight Time:6.1 hours
Log Number:14P008PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:OIB flew the Northwest Coastal C mission today. Not all lines were completed due to unfavorable weather conditions but those points will be picked up later in a "mop up" flight mission. Next flight scheduled for Monday, May 19
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 05/16/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F43 Northwest Coastal C

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.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission: portions from 2010-2012.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 47 GB None.
DMS yes 72 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 276 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 276 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 106 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 1.5 TB NI system crashed after data collection. No data was lost.
KT-19 yes 8 MB None.
Albedo yes 4 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

We tried again to fly the sea ice mission (Connor Corridor) because today is one of the two days left on this deployment when the SARAL spacecraft has a favorable orbit geometry and timing for the P-3 flight window and survey area. However, dense cloud cover made it impossible to fly the mission (Fig. 2).

On Friday's we have to be back on the ground on hour earlier, which limits our missions to 7 hours in the air. This eliminates any mission plans that take us to the east coast and therefore we were not able to fly the last remaining high-priority mission today. Instead we selected the Northwest Coastal C mission. A low pressure system centered over Ellesmere Island has impacted local conditions around Thule over the past couple of days (Fig 2). Because of low clouds around Thule as expected we had to abort the 3 inland lines 200 km around Thule. Also, wind and poor visibility prevented us from doing a ramp pass and pitch maneuvers for instrument calibration.

LiDAR data collection started 05/16/2014 11:03 UTC and ended at 18:43 UTC. In total we collected 5.2 hours of science data.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.

Figure 2: Infrared satellite image downloaded after the flight.