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

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Flight Number: 
OIB 2016 on HU-25 #26
Payload Configuration: 
ATM
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
3.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:09/09/16 15:17 Z Finish:09/09/16 18:45 Z
Flight Time:3.5 hours
Log Number:16F003PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Thomas Wagner - NASA - SMD - ESD Cryosphere & International Polar Year
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Flew 6 lines in the Thomas Jakobshavn plan with 2 lines shortened to accommodate return fuel requirements with poor airfield weather. Deleted segments of the plan that showed low stratus clouds on previous flight. No ramp passes attempted due to snow and rain showers around Kangerlussuaq. Approximately 85-90 percent data coverage on the lines flown.
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 09/09/16 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Falcon Thomas-Jakobshavn 01 (priority: high)

This mission is identical to the Thomas-Jakobshavn 01 mission flown in Spring 2016, but shortened by eliminating the portions of that flight devoted to the dense 10-km grid on lower Jakobshavn Glacier.  It continues an IceBridge time series flown along this IceSat-1 grid every spring from 2009 to 2016.

Weather across west-central Greenland was generally good this afternoon, but there were several areas of concern for this particular high-priority mission.  The most important was a deck of low stratus clouds covering 15-20% of the flightlines, at the mission's  southeastern corner.  We knew this would cause some loss of data, but we also knew that this area would be easy to "mop-up" on a better day given its proximity to Kangerlussuaq.  Satellite imagery also showed cirrus clouds, and a fog bank, in the interior of the ice sheet.  We took our chances that we could stay below the cirrus and west of the fog.  In the end, we threaded this needle well, losing only the southeasternmost portions of the lines.  We successfully collected data along 80% of the mission.

All instruments performed well.

Data volumes:
CAMBOT: 11 Gb images
Narrow Swath ATM: 19 Gb
FLIR: 6.2 Gb

total data collection time: 3.0 hrs

Images: 

Map of Falcon - Thomas Jakobshavn 01

Glaciers north of Jakobshavn