HU-25A Guardian #524 09/11/16

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Flight Number: 
OIB 2016 on HU-25 #29
Payload Configuration: 
ATM
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
3.7 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:09/11/16 15:23 Z Finish:09/11/16 19:03 Z
Flight Time:3.7 hours
Log Number:16F003PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Thomas Wagner - NASA - SMD - ESD Cryosphere & International Polar Year
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:ICESAT 2 Central route flown. Reversed route to take advantage of expected clearing weather. Transect W-E had about 40 NM obscured by low clouds. Five N-S lines were clear and final N_S line closest to Kanger was about 75% clear for data. Got a 3500 ft ramp AGL pass in prior to landing.
Flight Hour Summary: 
16F003
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS121.25
Total Used126.9
Total Remaining-5.65
16F003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
06/29/16OIB 2016 on HU25A ICFScience22119.25
07/11/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #1Ferry2.64.6116.65
07/11/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #2Ferry2.57.1114.15
07/11/16 - 07/12/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #3Ferry2.29.3111.95
07/12/16 - 07/13/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #4Ferry2.611.9109.35
07/13/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #5Science3.415.3105.95
07/14/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #6Science3.518.8102.45
07/15/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #7Science3.722.598.75
07/19/16 - 07/20/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #8Science3.626.195.15
07/20/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #9Science3.429.591.75
07/21/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #10Science3.633.188.15
07/22/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #11Ferry3.93784.25
07/22/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #12Ferry3.240.281.05
07/22/16OIB 2016 on HU25A #13Ferry2.142.378.95
08/23/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #14Science2.344.676.65
08/25/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #15Ferry3.247.873.45
08/25/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #16Ferry2.25071.25
08/27/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #17Science3.753.767.55
08/29/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #18Science3.857.563.75
08/29/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #19Science3.56160.25
09/01/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #20Science3.464.456.85
09/02/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #21Science3.868.253.05
09/02/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #22Science3.87249.25
09/05/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #23Science0.672.648.65
09/06/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #24Science3.576.145.15
09/09/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #25Science3.579.641.65
09/09/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #26Science3.583.138.15
09/10/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #27Science386.135.15
09/11/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #28Science3.99031.25
09/11/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #29Science3.793.727.55
09/12/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #30Science3.39724.25
09/12/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #31Science2.799.721.55
09/13/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #32Science4103.717.55
09/13/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #33Science2.9106.614.65
09/15/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #34Science3.7110.310.95
09/16/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #35Ferry2.4112.78.55
09/16/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #35Ferry1.7114.46.85
09/16/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #35Ferry1.7116.15.15
09/17/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #38Ferry2.8118.92.35
09/17/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #38Ferry2.9121.8-0.55
09/19/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #40Ferry2.5124.3-3.05
09/19/16OIB 2016 on HU-25 #40Ferry2.6126.9-5.65

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OIB - HU-25C Guardian #524 09/11/16 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Falcon IceSat-2 Central (priority: high)

This mission is a shortened version of the mission of the same name flown in Spring 2016. The purpose is to fly IceSat-2 ground tracks in a region of slow-moving ice near Kangerlussuaq.  Additional portions of that original design are flown in the Falcon Mop-up 1 mission.

As we expected from our morning weather brief, the high pressure centered near Summit brought mild outflow to the west-central flank of the ice sheet near Kangerlussuaq.  This outflow had the effect of gradually dissipating the fog and low stratus present in this area earlier today.  As a result we lost only a few km at the extreme southern and northern ends of the westernmost IceSat-2 line, for 99% successful data acquisition.

All instruments performed well, with the exception of the FLIR camera which shut off early in the mission.  It was eventually restarted successfully, but only after landing.

We conducted a ramp pass at 3500' AGL.

Data volumes:
CAMBOT: 11 Gb images
Narrow Swath ATM: 20 Gb
FLIR: 0.5 Gb

total data collection time: 3.4 hrs

Images: 

Map of Falcon - IceSat-2 Central

Margin of ice sheet with clouds