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P-3 Orion 04/04/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #3
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.1 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/04/18 10:53 Z Finish:04/04/18 18:58 Z
Flight Time:8.1 hours
Log Number:18P008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The flight line today was the North Pole Transect.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS201.2
Total Used190.4
Total Remaining10.8
18P008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/13/182018 OIB Arctic -Airworthiness Test FlightOther0.80.8200.4
03/14/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - LaserOther2.63.4197.8
03/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - RadarOther5.79.1192.1
03/18/182018 OIB Arctic -delta ATFOther0.89.9191.3
03/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to ThuleTransit7.917.8183.4
03/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #1Science7.825.6175.6
04/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #2Science7.933.5167.7
04/04/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #3Science8.141.6159.6
04/05/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #4Science849.6151.6
04/06/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #5Science8.858.4142.8
04/07/18 - 04/08/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #6Science8.166.5134.7
04/08/18 - 04/09/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #7Science8.374.8126.4
04/14/18 - 04/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #8Science7.782.5118.7
04/16/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #9Science8.290.7110.5
04/18/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #10Science898.7102.5
04/19/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #11Science7.7106.494.8
04/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to KangerTransit4.2110.690.6
04/21/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #12Science8.1118.782.5
04/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #13Science6.5125.276
04/23/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #14Science8.2133.467.8
04/25/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #15Science7.7141.160.1
04/26/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #16Science8.8149.951.3
04/27/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #17Science8157.943.3
04/29/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #18Science8.3166.235
04/30/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #19Science9.3175.525.7
05/01/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #20Science7.4182.918.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #1Transit6.4189.311.9
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #2Transit0.6189.911.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #3Transit0.5190.410.8

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/04/18 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the high priority North Pole transit mission. This mission is a near-repeat of an OIB flight flown every years since 2013 which samples ice in the vicinity of the Pole and also the gradient of that ice between the Pole and Ellesmere Island. The flight line was modified to collect data over a CryoSat-2 orbit on the southwestern edge of the line (which occurred 1 hour and 54 minutes prior to our arrival), a study site on shore-fast ice near Alert in conjunction with Christian Haas, a short segment in Inglefield Land to support a hydrology study at the request of Larry Smith, and a site northeast of Thule at the request of Kimberly Casey (USGS) and the Geological Survey of Greenland (Asiaq). In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, this mission addresses sea ice level 1 projected requirement SIP2a by extending sea ice baseline observations to the North Pole region, and sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI4 by conducting a sampling mission that is time-coincident with a CryoSat-2 track.
Weather was good throughout the main portion of the flight and all instruments performed well. We had to ascend above a cloud deck near the shore-fast ice site off of Alert, this was above the snow radar Nyquist zone so we were unable to collect data from the system, however ATM and DMS data were collected. During the CryoSat-2 orbit track no open water leads were visually observed although some small old leads with thick grey ice were seen, the KT-19 showed cold ice surface temperatures down to -40 C.
Data Volumes
ATM T6: 100 Gb
ATM T7: 114 Gb
FLIR: 10 Gb
KT19: 11 Mb
DMS: 74.2 Gb
Snow radar: 980 Gb
MCoRDS: No data (sea ice)
Accumulation radar: No data (sea ice)
Data on: 1228
Data off: 1725