P-3 Orion 11/25/17 - 11/26/17

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Flight Number: 
OIB-Ushuaia Science Flight #11
Payload Configuration: 
OIB - Ushuaia 2018
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
9.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:11/25/17 15:01 Z Finish:11/26/17 00:31 Z
Flight Time:9.5 hours
Log Number:18P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
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 11/25/17 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Venable 01B (priority: high)

This is a new flight, primarily designed to map the bathymetry beneath the Venable Ice Shelf.  This and the Venable 01A flight  are companion flights.  Each flight by itself establishes a grid spaced at 20 km, and together they establish a 10 km grid.

Yesterday's generally favorable weather in the Bellingshausen Sea sector, and especially along the Eights Coast, continued into this morning.  The NOAA HRPT satellite imagery provided to us by our Rothera friends showed that the Venable Ice Shelf and adjacent coastal areas were completely clear.  The two sea ice missions in the area, however, were mostly covered in low cloud, with a few open areas.  Our numerical weather models suggested some deterioration in conditions throughout the sector during the day.  While it was possible that we could have worked beneath the clouds for the baseline-priority sea ice mission, we also had to consider the impact that our continuing problems with the snow radar (discussed below) could have on the objectives of that mission.  We selected the high-priority Venable 01B mission as our best option, given those considerations.  Skies were completely clear, aside from a little cirrus, throughout our science lines, with light offshore winds and almost no turbulence.  We achieved successful data collection across 100% of the lines.

The CReSIS team worked late last night, early today and also during the lengthy transit to today's data line to improve the performance of the snow radar, which experienced a sudden increase in incoherent noise two flights ago.  They partially succeeded.  They were able to reduce the noise significantly, but Jilu Li reports that the instrument's noise floor remained about 5 dB above its nominal level for today's science data collection period.  All other instruments performed well.

Data volumes
ATM T6:  27 Gb        
ATM T7:  31 Gb 
FLIR:  3.0 Gb
Cambot: 10 Gb
KT19: 12 Mb
DMS: 15 Gb
MCoRDS: 238 Gb
Gravity/Magnetometer: 3 Gb
Accumulation radar: 264 Gb
Snow/Ku radar: 269 Gb
data on: 1900
data off: 2030