P-3 Orion 04/22/13

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Flight Number: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1512
Payload Configuration: 
2013 Operation IceBridge Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/22/13 11:05 Z Finish:04/22/13 18:51 Z
Flight Time:7.8 hours
Log Number:13P001PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:2013 Operation IceBridge Greenland Deployment- Thule science flight. No aircraft issues reported, sucessful data collection.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS255
Total Used211.6
Total Remaining43.4
13P001 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/14/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1447Check0.80.8254.2
03/14/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1449Check2.12.9252.1
03/15/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1448Check46.9248.1
03/18/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1450Transit7.914.8240.2
03/20/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1468Science6.321.1233.9
03/21/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1456Transit8.529.6225.4
03/22/13 - 03/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1474Science8.237.8217.2
03/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1470Science7.845.6209.4
03/24/13 - 03/25/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1469Science8.454201
03/26/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1475Transit8.662.6192.4
03/27/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1476Science7.970.5184.5
03/28/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1477Science3.373.8181.2
04/02/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1486Transit6.480.2174.8
04/04/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1484Science8.188.3166.7
04/05/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1489Science7.896.1158.9
04/06/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1487Science8104.1150.9
04/08/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1491Science7.5111.6143.4
04/09/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493Science6.4118137
04/10/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1493Science6.6124.6130.4
04/11/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1495Science7.4132123
04/12/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1496Science6.2138.2116.8
04/15/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1502Science7.9146.1108.9
04/18/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1504Transit5.2151.3103.7
04/19/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1505Science7.4158.796.3
04/20/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1508Science6.8165.589.5
04/22/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1512Science7.8173.381.7
04/23/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1513Science7.718174
04/24/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1514Science818966
04/25/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1515Science7.5196.558.5
04/26/132013 Operation IceBridge Arctic #1516Science7.1203.651.4
05/02/132013 Operation IceBridge ArcticTransit7.5211.143.9
05/02/132013 Operation IceBridge ArcticTransit0.5211.643.4

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/22/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F22 Sea Ice Canada Basin North


  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over the Canada Basin.
  • ATM, snow and Ku-band radars, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • High altitude data collection over the Agassiz and Prince of Whales Ice Caps on Ellesmere Island.
  • Satellite Tracks: none
  • Repeat Mission: 2012.
Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 47 GB None.
DMS yes 93 GB None. Collected 13,923 frames on primary system.
Snow Radar yes 195 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 195 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 141 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 742 GB None.
KT-19 yes 9 MB None.

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

This is a repeat of a mission first flown in 2012. It is designed to sample sea ice in a large region between the North Basin Transect and the Beaufort-Chukchi Diamond that had been poorly sampled by IceBridge prior to 2012. In addition to Level 1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, the mission addresses sea ice level 1 projected requirement SIP2 by extending the baseline observations into other regions of the Arctic Basin. We also coordinated with simultaneous satellite data collection. The declassified, high-resolution (meter-scale) visible band imagery is available to the community via the Global Fiducials Library (GFL) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). For more information about this resource see the feature article by by Ron Kwok and Norbert Untersteiner (The thinning of Arctic Sea Ice, Physics Today, April 2011, pages 36-41) and the GFL website at http://gfl.usgs.gov. The objective of the collaborative data collection is to evaluate (a) the feasibility of coordinating observations from these assets and (b) the benefits of the combined observations in characterizing the Arctic sea ice cover.

The weather in the survey area was good with some occasional fog below us. ATM lost 20 minutes on the outbound and inbound survey lines due to low fog. We collected high altitude laser, DMS and radar data over the Agassiz and Prince of Whales Ice Caps during transit. At 16:56 UTC, 18 nautical miles behind EO10 and 100 nautical miles before the end of the line we had to climb in order to land at Thule before 16:00 LT. We were able to collect ATM and DMS data from high latitude over sea ice. The times and cloudiness for the 10 satellite data collections locations are listed below.

EO Point
Time (UTC)
EO01 12:45:58 thick haze overhead
EO02 13:12:13 haze overhead, thinning slightly
E003 13:38:57 slight haze overhead, mostly clear
EO04 14:04:30 very slight haze, mostly clear
EO05 14:29:19 thin fog at surface
EO06 15:01:30 completely clear skies
EO07 15:26:53 very light haze, very light fog at surface
EO08 15:49:50 surface fog
EO09 16:15:51 light haze
EO10 16:52:02 very light haze

Low-altitude data collection started 12:40 UTC and ended at 16:56 UTC. We collected 4.2 hours of low altitude science data and an additional 1.5 hours from high altitude, resulting in a total of 5.7 hours of data collection.


Today's flight plan in yellow. Red crosses indicate satellite data collection points E001-EO10.

Sea ice conditions near EO06 or waypoint CBFAR