DC-8 - AFRC 10/30/18 - 10/31/18

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
OIB 2018 Configuration - ATM-Cambot, ATM-GPS/ATM-NAV, ATM-FLIR, ATM-T6, ATM-T7, Gravimeter, MCoRDS, UWB Snow RADAR, and piggybacks ARMAS & Tinman
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11.7 hours
NASA 817 carried the OIB aircrew and science teams on another long transit, about 2500 miles (a little under 5 hours) each way. The OIB science low altitude flight line (at the end of the transit) was flown at 1500 ft AGL along an arc at 88S where each IceSat-2 orbit converges, making this 88S arc a very good calibration site. The weather was perfect, sunny blue skies over the flat white snow covered Antarctic Plateau. All DC8 OIB remote sensing instruments had another routine day, with 100% data coverage. The DC-8 returned in good shape with no writeups.
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/30/18 13:14 Z Finish:10/31/18 00:58 Z
Flight Time:11.7 hours
Log Number:198006PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS345.8
Total Used292.8
Total Remaining53
198006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/10/18 - 10/11/181291Science11.527318.80
10/11/18 - 10/12/181292Science11.638.6307.20
10/12/18 - 10/13/181293Science11.349.9295.90
10/13/18 - 10/14/181294Science10.760.6285.20
10/15/18 - 10/16/181295Science11.171.7274.10
10/16/18 - 10/17/181296Science10.181.82640
10/18/18 - 10/19/181297Science11.192.9252.90
10/19/18 - 10/20/181298Science10.8103.7242.10
10/20/18 - 10/21/181299Science10.7114.4231.40
10/22/18 - 10/23/181300Science11.1125.5220.30
10/27/18 - 10/28/181301Science11.3136.82090
10/30/18 - 10/31/181302Science11.7148.5197.30
10/31/18 - 11/01/181303Science11.3159.81860
11/03/18 - 11/04/181305Science11171.4174.40
11/09/18 - 11/10/181309Science11.1214.1131.70
11/10/18 - 11/11/181310Science10.6224.7121.10
11/14/18 - 11/15/181313Science11.2257.488.40
11/16/18 - 11/17/181315Science10.1277.8680

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 - AFRC 10/30/18 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Hamilton Line – Ronne Sector
Priority: Baseline
Today, IceBridge successfully completed its 4th baseline priority flight: Hamilton Line – Ronne.  Clouds shrouded most of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Amundsen Sea Embayment today, making the Hamilton Line – Ronne a straightforward (and ultimately wise) choice. As expected, the thick coastal clouds gave way to bright blue skies by the time we reached the survey line.
The entire IceBridge team made for an extremely smooth and successful mission today, and we thank them for their noticeable hard work, dedication, and unfailing sense of humor. The latter was of critical importance for this particular flight because of the whopping 10 hours of transit. We were treated to excellent views of the Ellsworth and Pensacola Mountains, providing relief from the monotony of sastrugi fields. All instrument teams reported excellent data collection over the short ~1.5-hour survey.  
The design of the Hamilton Line – Ronne covers about one-third of the southernmost extent of the ICESat-2 ground tracks; thus, latency is variable.
OIB had two major milestones today!

  1. Our K-12 Communications Coordinator, Emily Schaller, informed me that today we connected with 377 students in New York, Illinois, Alaska, Utah, Chile and Ghana, bringing our total up over 10,000 students reached through these chats during OIB 2012-2018
  2. NASA’s Katy Mersmann did a fantastic job of leading a Facebook Live tour of the DC-8 before we left Punta Arenas.  She managed to skillfully interview several of the folks on board in rapid succession. As of takeoff we had 7,500 views, which rose to 21,600 by landing. 

Media: Angela Posada, a freelance writer, joined us once more.
Outlook: Tomorrow’s forecast for (Happy) Halloween over a few of our baseline targets in West Antarctica is favorable. Packing and transit to Ushuaia will follow the flight tomorrow along with a rest day. Flights are expected to resume Saturday.
List of attached figures:

  1. Map of today’s science mission. (John Sonntag/NASA)
  2. ATM T-6 elevation map shows well defined directional sastrugi over the relatively flat surface around 88°S. (Matt Linkswiler/NASA)
  3. Strong bedrock returns and beautiful internals from MCoRDS (Jilu Li & Victor Berger Silva/CReSIS)
  4. Ice rumpling and crevassing as it bends off the high plateau near Foundation Ice Stream (Katy Mersmann/NASA)
  5. Jagged peaks barely poke through ice in the Pensacola Mountains, vivid blue ice forms on their leeward side (Brooke Medley/NASA)
  6. Low clouds enclose steep mountains on Alexander Island in the evening sun (Brooke Medley/NASA)