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P-3 Orion 11/27/13 - 11/28/13

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Flight Number: 
Transit #1: NZIR-NZCH
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:11/27/13 21:50 Z Finish:11/28/13 06:35 Z
Flight Time:8.8 hours
Log Number:14P003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Transit
Comments:1st leg of transit back to WFF.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS230
Total Used128.2
Total Remaining101.8
14P003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
11/06/13OIB ECFCheck1.51.5228.5
11/08/13OIB PCF #1Check3.14.6225.4
11/08/13OIB PCF #2Check3.78.3221.7
11/12/13 - 11/13/131715Transit8.824.5205.5
11/13/13 - 11/14/131716Transit8.132.6197.4
11/14/13 - 11/15/131717Transit6.839.4190.6
11/15/13 - 11/16/131718Transit6.746.1183.9
11/17/13 - 11/18/13McMurdo Check FlightCheck4.350.4179.6
11/18/13 - 11/19/13Science Flight #1: TAM WestScience7.858.2171.8
11/19/13 - 11/20/13Science Flight #2: Victoria 01Science8.366.5163.5
11/20/13 - 11/21/13Science Flight #3: Sea Ice Ross FluxgateScience7.373.8156.2
11/25/13 - 11/26/13Science Flight #4: Siple Coast 03Science8.782.5147.5
11/26/13 - 11/27/13Science Flight #5: Dome C: VostokScience8.290.7139.3
11/27/13 - 11/28/13Transit #1: NZIR-NZCHTransit8.899.5130.5
11/28/13 - 11/29/13Transit #2: NZCH-NSTUTransit6.3105.8124.2
11/29/13 - 11/30/13Transit #3: NSTU-HawaiiTransit7.4113.2116.8
12/01/13Transit #3: Hawaii - Mountain View, CATransit7.1120.3109.7
12/02/13Transit #3: California - WFFTransit6.5126.8103.2
12/11/13ATM Post Mission Cal FlightCheck1.4128.2101.8

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 11/27/13 - 11/28/13 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

F06 Sea Ice - CryoSat


  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) along CryoSat-2 orbit in the Ross Sea
  • ATM, snow, Ku-band, accumulation,and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Gravimeter and magnetometer data collected over entire flight.
  • Satellite Tracks: CryoSat-2 orbit #19293.
  • Repeat Mission: none.


Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 36 GB None. ATM T3 spare laser installed.
DMS yes 50 GB None.
Snow Radar yes 74 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 74 GB None.
Accumulation Radar yes 81 GB None.
KT-19 yes 5.5 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 800 MB None.
Magnetometer yes 170 MB HF radio calls.


Mission Report (John Sonntag, ATM)

Today's mission is called "Sea Ice - CryoSat", and was designed as an opportunistic mission to take advantage of an unexpected data collection opportunity during the P-3's transit from McMurdo to Christchurch.  A CryoSat-2 overflight happened to fall almost on a direct line from McMurdo to Christchurch at 13:52 local time (00:52z) today, and we flew the groundtrack.  The spacecraft's overflight occurred at 00:52:54 Zulu, as we were flying over consolidated pack ice north-northeast of Cape Adare in clear weather.

We began the CryoSat-2 line (orbit #19293) approximately 50 km inland of the Ross Ice Shelf edge, in order to potentially tie future OIB airborne gravity measurements near the shelf edge with ship-based bathymetry measurements in the western Ross Sea.  As expected, we encountered the large Ross Sea polynya immediately after passing the shelf edge, and spent much of the next hour of flight (at 1500') over open water.  We encountered consolidated pack ice southeast of Cape Adare and continued collecting science data at low altitude until encountering thicker clouds around latitude 65 deg S.  At that point we climbed to cruise altitude and continued into Christchurch, where we landed at approximately 19:00 local time.  Weather was excellent for most of the science line, except for bits of ice fog over the Ross Ice Shelf at the very beginning of the mission, and intermingled broken low stratus and ice fog for the final 30 minutes of data collection at the north end of the line. Overall, the day went quite well.

Data collection started 11/27/2013 22:07 UTC and ended at 11/28/2013 02:06 UTC. In total we collected 4.0 hours of science data.
90% good data for the first 3.5 hrs, 50% good data last 0.5 hr due to clouds.


Today's mission plan and P-3 trajectory.