P-3 Orion 10/31/17

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Flight Number: 
OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #2
Payload Configuration: 
OIB - Ushuaia 2018
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/31/17 13:18 Z Finish:10/31/17 22:13 Z
Flight Time:8.9 hours
Log Number:18P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Second Science Flight of the Ushuaia Campaign covering the Northern Peninsula A flight line.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS151
Total Used156
Total Remaining-5
18P006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/17/17OIB - Airworthiness Test FlightCheck1.11.1149.9
10/18/17OIB - Project Test FlightCheck3.54.6146.4
10/19/17OIB PTF - RadarCheck4.59.1141.9
10/23/17OIB - Transit leg #1Transit7.116.2134.8
10/24/17OIB - Transit leg #2Transit6.522.7128.3
10/25/17OIB - Transit leg #3Transit729.7121.3
10/29/17 - 10/30/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #1Science9.739.4111.6
10/31/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #2Science8.948.3102.7
11/03/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #3Science957.393.7
11/04/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #4Science9.366.684.4
11/12/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #5Science9.576.174.9
11/14/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #6Science9.885.965.1
11/16/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #7Science9.19556
11/21/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #8Science9.4104.446.6
11/22/17 - 11/23/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #9Science9.9114.336.7
11/24/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #10Science9.6123.927.1
11/25/17 - 11/26/17OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #11Science9.5133.417.6
11/27/17OIB-Ushuaia SAWH-SCDA Transit FlightTransit7140.410.6
11/28/17OIB-Ushuaia SCDA-MROC Transit FlightTransit7147.43.6
11/29/17OIB-Ushuaia MROC-KNGU Transit FlightTransit6.3153.7-2.7
11/29/17OIB-Ushuaia KNGU-KWAL Transit FlightTransit0.8154.5-3.5
12/04/17OIB-Post Mission Calibration FlightScience1.5156-5

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 10/31/17 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

This is a repeat flight, designed to assess dh/dt of several glaciers draining into the Larsen A, B, and C embayments. From north to south, these glaciers are the Drygalski, Hektoria, Crane, Melville, Starbuck, Flask, Leppard, Attlee, Gould, Demorest, and Gibbs. In addition to these glaciers, we repeat two lines over Scar Inlet, and several flowlines on the Larsen-C Ice Shelf. Finally we overfly the Bawden Ice Rise on the eastern edge of the Larsen-C, since it may contribute to the stability of the ice shelf. A magnetic compensation box was also completed after the main survey line was complete to calibrate the magnetometer.
A few clouds on the southwestern edge of the flight path caused us to miss the Gould and Demorest glaciers, but the weather was otherwise clear leading to good data collected. The snow radar had an undetermined source of noise present which led to a lower SNR for the data collected, though this can likely be fixed in post-processing. The gravimeter instrument is still awaiting their ground station which is currently stuck in the sea cargo container, it is possible that data gaps in the data may be present due to the usage of an independent ground station. All other instruments ran well during the flight.

Data volumes
ATM: T6:  67 Gb        T7:  85 Gb
FLIR:  8.0 Gb
Cambot: 30 Gb
KT19: 12 Mb
DMS: 36.5 Gb
MCoRDS: 658.0 Gb
Gravity/Magnetometer: 3 Gb
Accumulation radar: 702 Gb
Snow/Ku radar: 758 Gb
data on: 1540
data off: 1917