Other: NOAA P-3 05/04/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Sea Ice South Canada Basin
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/04/16 10:49 Z Finish:05/04/16 18:42 Z
Flight Time:7.9 hours
Log Number:16M030PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
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 05/04/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

OIB flew the South Canada Basin sea ice mission. This mission enhances the sampling in the large region between the Laxon Line and South Basin Transect. The beginning portion of the line was heavily consolidated sea ice with no leads spotted until about 30 minutes into the flight, then sporadically thereafter. This campaign the ATM team installed a new mechanism to control the laser power in flight from their operating station. As we passed over some of the larger leads the team members quickly increased the laser power to mitigate data drop outs, though this may saturate waveforms over snow-covered ice near the leads. This will be very beneficial for the flight since there were fewer leads and the narrow scan ATM laser is not onboard. The first leg of the line was flown under clear skies, but thick clouds were encountered along the southwest part of the line of the second leg.

DMS lost about 15 minutes of data due to camera lock at end of the flight line (in clear air portion). A ramp pass was conducted but under cloudy conditions.
Data volumes:
ATM: 30 Gb some window contamination probable later in flight
FLIR: 4 Gb
DMS: 84 Gb (15 minutes of lost data due to camera problem, plus 1 hr of clouds)
Ku-Band Radar: 144 Gb
MCoRDS: 123 Tb, experimental sea ice data collection
Snow Radar: 144 Gb
BESST: (system error caused loss of data collection 17 minutes after time on)
Total data collection time: 7.1 hrs, 70% lidar coverage