DC-8 11/02/14

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Flight Number: 
150116
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge 2014
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
10.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/02/14 11:55 Z Finish:11/02/14 22:48 Z
Flight Time:10.9 hours
Log Number:158003PI:Michael Studinger
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Purpose of Flight: OIB 2014 Science Flight – Hull Land 04 at 1,500 ft AGL Aircraft Status: Airworthy Sensor Status: All instruments operated Significant Issues: None Accomplishments: Takeoff at 306 11 55 19 Land 306 22 48 38 After takeoff accomplish a calibration ramp pass at 1204Zand 1300’agl. Climb to transit altitude of FL350. Start data recording at 1557Z while at FL350. Start descent at 1627Z, level at 1500’ agl at 1640Z. At 1743Z transition to 2000’ agl. Perform radar instrument pitch calibrations at 1742Z. At 1743Z transition to 1500’ agl. Complete low altitude data lines at 1840Z, start climb to FL350, level at FL350 at 1856Z. Continue to collect data at altitude until 1920Z. Climb to FL390 for transit to SCCI. Planned events: Continue science flights out of Punta Arenas, Chile
Flight Hour Summary: 
158003
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS300
Total Used292.1
Total Remaining7.9
158003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/06/14150101Science1.21.2298.8
10/07/14 - 10/08/14150102Science5.26.4293.6
10/08/14150103Science3.710.1289.9
10/13/14150104Transit10.420.5279.5
10/13/14150105Transit3.223.7276.3
10/16/14150106Science1134.7265.3
10/18/14 - 10/19/14150107Science11.946.6253.4
10/20/14150108Science11.758.3241.7
10/23/14150109Science11.870.1229.9
10/25/14150110Science11.481.5218.5
10/26/14 - 10/27/14150111Science11.993.4206.6
10/28/14150112Science11.5104.9195.1
10/29/14150113Science10.9115.8184.2
10/31/14150114Maintenance2.8118.6181.4
11/01/14150115Maintenance3121.6178.4
11/02/14150116Science10.9132.5167.5
11/03/14150117Science11.1143.6156.4
11/05/14150118Science11.4155145
11/06/14150119Science11.1166.1133.9
11/07/14150120Science10.9177123
11/08/14150121Science11.4188.4111.6
11/10/14150122Science11.2199.6100.4
11/11/14150123Science11.2210.889.2
11/13/14150124Science11.4222.277.8
11/14/14150125Science11.5233.766.3
11/15/14150126Science11.2244.955.1
11/16/14150127Science11.125644
11/21/14150128Science11.2267.232.8
11/22/14150129Science10.827822
11/24/14150130Transit2.9280.919.1
11/25/14 - 11/26/14150131Transit11.2292.17.9

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 11/02/14 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

F09 Hull Land 04

 

Accomplishments

 

  • Low-altitude survey (1,500 ft AGL) over Hull Land and Hobbs Coast.
  • ATM, albedo, KT-19, snow, Ku-band, MCoRDS, gravimeter, and DMS were operated on the survey lines.
  • Ramp pass at Punta Arenas airport after takeoff at 1,300 ft AGL.
  • Satellite tracks: none.
  • Repeat Mission:new mission with some 2011 LVIS repeats inland of the Getz Ice Shelf.

 

Instrument Operated Data Volume Instrument Issues/Comments
ATM yes 26 GB None.
CAMBOT yes 43 GB None.
DMS yes 34 GB None. Recorded 4,657 frames.
Snow Radar yes 214 GB None.
Ku-band Radar yes 214 GB None.
MCoRDS yes 0.9 TB None. Amplifier exchanged. New calibration data collected on transits.
KT-19 yes 10 MB None.
Albedo yes 2.2 GB None.
Albedo camera yes 500 MB None.
Gravimeter yes 1.8 GB None.

 

Mission Report (Michael Studinger, Mission Scientist)

Today's flight is a new mission plan and designed to map the coastal region encompassing the Hull and Land glaciers and surrounding areas to the west of the Getz Ice Shelf. The twofold purpose is to map the bathymetry and basal topography using the gravimeter and MCoRDS radar, and at the same time to establish surface topography measurements for dh/dt. This particular flight is the second most inboard of the five planned flights, and it includes a centerline run of the Land Glacier and a nearby tie line. In addition to this we collected opportunistic data along two lines inland of the Getz Ice Shelf that have been flown with LVIS previously.

The areas with promising weather forecasts today where the Getz Ice Shelf/Hull Land and Slessor Glacier area. Both, Slessor Glacier and Getz Ice Shelf looked problematic and conditions over Hull Land/Hobbs Coast were much better.

The conditions in the survey area were good. ATM got 100% surface returns during the low altitude portion of the survey. The opportunistic high altitude segments had some low clouds but we were able to get some good data as well. 

LiDAR data collection started 11/o2/2014 15:51 UTC and ended at 19:23 UTC. In total we collected 3.5 hours of LiDAR data.

Images: 

Figure 1: Today's trajectory in yellow.