Other: NOAA P-3 05/09/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Land Ice Zachariae-79N
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.6 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/09/16 10:57 Z Finish:05/09/16 18:35 Z
Flight Time:7.6 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 - WP-3D Orion 05/10/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Northwest Coastal A (priority: baseline)

This is a new mission, created from the 2010-2012 “Northwest Coastal” suite of missions by sampling individual coast-parallel lines from those flights to form a grid spaced at 30-35 km from the coast to near the 2000m contour line. This is one of three missions designed in this way, which together form a 10 km grid in the area. The others are Northwest Coastal B and C. We also add two additional bedrock-mapping lines in the Tracy/Heilprin catchment. This flight is assigned a baseline priority for 2016 because it continues an intra-annual time series with the spring and fall 2015 campaigns along these lines.

We ran out of opportunities to fly this line as a Thule-based flight, and the day of our transit from Thule to Kangerlussuaq became our only chance for it.  Conducting a science flight on a transit day is challenging for many reasons, including logistics and weather.  But today the field team pushed hard and took advantage of a small window of good weather along the upper Baffin Bay coast.  We had to remove the uppermost coast-parallel line, along with two shorter fluxgate lines around Inglefield fjord, from the flight plan due to time constraints.  We lost only very small areas of the lines due to clouds.

All instruments performed normally today.  The aircraft was packed very tightly with luggage and ground equipment for the transit and this created occasional problems for the instrument operators (simply reaching switches and monitoring displays can be difficult).  However they all ultimately operated successfully, thanks in part to the efforts of the NOAA crew who carefully arranged and rearranged the cargo with this in mind.

Data volumes:
ATM: 19 Gb 
FLIR: 1.5 Gb
DMS: 82 Gb 
Ku-Band Radar: 148 Gb
MCoRDS: 976 Gb
Snow Radar: 148 Gb
BESST: xx Gb

total data collection time: 5.0 hrs