Other: NOAA P-3 04/21/16 - 04/22/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Sea Ice SIZRS Zigzag
Payload Configuration: 
OIB-Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/21/16 18:03 Z Finish:04/22/16 02:22 Z
Flight Time:8.3 hours
Log Number:16M030PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Sentinel 3 and Mooring Overflights
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS200
Total Used148.7
Total Remaining51.3
16M030 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
04/15/16Repo 1Ferry0.57.2192.8
04/16/16Repo 2Ferry2.910.1189.9
04/18/16Repo 3Ferry7.117.2182.8
04/19/16Sea Ice EurekaScience7.324.5175.5
04/20/16Sea Ice Laxon LineScience8.733.2166.8
04/21/16 - 04/22/16Sea Ice SIZRS ZigzagScience8.341.5158.5
04/30/16Sea Ice South Basin TransectScience8.850.3149.7
05/03/16Sea Ice North Pole TransectScience7.657.9142.1
05/04/16Sea Ice South Canada BasinScience7.965.8134.2
05/09/16Land Ice Zachariae-79NScience7.673.4126.6
05/10/16Land Ice Northwest Coastal AScience679.4120.6
05/11/16Land Ice Umanaq BScience7.186.5113.5
05/12/16Land Ice Southeast CoastalScience7.393.8106.2
05/13/16Land Ice Helheim-KangerdlugssuaqScience7.8101.698.4
05/14/16Land Ice SW Coastal AScience7.8109.490.6
05/16/16Land Ice Thomas-Jakobshavn 01Science7.9117.382.7
05/17/16Land Ice Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq Gap BScience8.1125.474.6
05/18/16Land Ice IceSat-2 CentralScience7.7133.166.9
05/19/16Land Ice East Glaciers 01Science7.1140.259.8
05/21/16Ferry BGSF_KMCFFerry8.5148.751.3

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - Other: NOAA P-3 04/21/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB flew the sea ice SIZRS Zig Zag mission. The mission was timed to pass under the European Sentinel-3A radar altimeter satellite during a portion of the line and the satellite passed overhead when we were about 2/3 through the line. We also passed over undersea moorings from the Beaufort Gyre Experiment project and flew a racetrack pattern near Barrow to make measurements similar to the ICESat-2 measurement pattern over fast ice. Weather was near perfect for the laser and camera data with no clouds in the sky. Near the beginning of the data line surface temperatures were somewhat warm with the onboard radiometer reading -6 C, just above the limit where we might expect an impact on the radar data. Temperatures were cooler, down to about -15 C further north up the data line.

As an added bonus during the flight, a conversation with the flight director revealed the existence of a 6 channel microwave radiometer called SFMR. We’ve requested this to be turned on which could potentially be an interesting new data set for the project.
Data volumes:
ATM: 22 Gb  some window contamination probable later in flight
FLIR: 3 Gb
DMS: 71 Gb (1 min lost due to instrument issue)
Ku-Band Radar: 122 Gb
MCoRDS: 0 Gb
Snow Radar: 122 Gb
BESST: (write error caused loss of data collection 1 hour after instrument turn on)

Total data collection time: 5.3 hrs