P-3 Orion - WFF 10/07/18

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Flight Number: 
ORACLES Science Flight #6
Payload Configuration: 
ORACLES
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Archive Data: 
20181007 (80 binary files; 39 image files; 24 archive (plain-text) files)
Total Flight Time: 
8.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:FPSTTo:FPST
Start:10/07/18 07:55 Z Finish:10/07/18 16:20 Z
Flight Time:8.4 hours
Log Number:19P018PI:Jens Redemann
Funding Source:Hal Maring - NASA - SMD - ESD Radiation Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:2000 miles
Flight Hour Summary: 
18P00419P018
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS188.5
Flight Hours Previously Approved 144
Total Used44.5110
Total Remaining 34
19P018 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/02/18ORACLES Science Flight #3Science8.58.5135.51940
10/03/18ORACLES Science Flight #4Science8.5171271970
10/05/18ORACLES Science Flight #5Science9261182000
10/07/18ORACLES Science Flight #6Science8.434.4109.62000
10/10/18ORACLES Science Flight #7Science8.342.7101.31970
10/12/18ORACLES Science Flight #8Science5.34896800
10/15/18ORACLES Science Flight #9Science7.855.888.21700
10/17/18ORACLES Science Flight #10Science8.564.379.72000
10/19/18ORACLES Science Flight #11Science872.371.71800
10/21/18ORACLES Science Flight #12Science8.280.563.51800
10/23/18ORACLES Science Flight #13Science8.188.655.41800
10/25/18ORACLES Transit #1Transit7.896.447.62009
10/26/18ORACLES Transit #2Transit7103.440.62100
10/27/18ORACLES Transit #3Transit5.8109.234.81692
10/27/18ORACLES Transit #4Transit0.81103472
18P004 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
09/17/18ORACLES ATFCheck1.31.3187.20
09/19/18ORACLES PTFCheck3.75183.50
09/21/18ORACLES Transit #1Transit6.311.3177.21716
09/22/18ORACLES Transit #2Transit8.219.51692131
09/24/18ORACLES Transit #3/Science FlightTransit9.328.8159.72500
09/27/18ORACLES Science Flight #1Science836.8151.71875
09/30/18ORACLES Science Flight #2Science7.744.51442400

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Related Science Report: 

ORACLES - P-3 Orion - WFF 10/07/18 Science Report

Mission: 
ORACLES
Mission Summary: 

Flight Summary:
Take –off at 07:04UT. Found a pollution layer at 12-13kft during climb-out from Sao Tome. During transit to 15S we recognized sloping low cloud tops from 2S to 7S with sloping aerosol layers above. From 10 to 15S lidar curtain indicated mid-level clouds at the top of the outflow plume and embedded in the plume. This was verified during in situ sampling legs in the plume on the Northbound leg. First leg at 13kft was very polluted (80Mm-1 scat, 230ppb CO). Second leg at 8kft was less polluted (40-60 Mm-1 scat, ~200ppb CO). This was forecast qualitatively in WRF and GEOS-5, and linked to a younger plume at higher altitude. Boundary layer work between 12S and 9.5S found a fairly polluted BL (115ppb CO). Visual detection of low-level Cu well below flight level hinted at some decoupling of the BL. Profiling to the surface yielded different assessments on mixing state from different instruments. BL work was followed by extended run at 8kft, which HiGEAR used for extended testing. After ascent to 18kft and partial transit North, pilots informed flight scientists that there was an extra hour of time to use for science. Decision on-board was to use clear slot at 9S for square spiral and radiation work. This spiral happened in most clear conditions encountered in ORACLES-2018 yet, with minimal low-clouds in the FOV at low altitudes. During transit home, we flew an extended leg (1hr+) at 8kft, before ascending to transit altitude of 19kft. Landed at 15:08UT.
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