Other: NOAA P-3 05/16/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Land Ice Thomas-Jakobshavn 01
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/16/16 11:11 Z Finish:05/16/16 19:06 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 05/16/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Thomas-Jakobshavn 01 (priority: baseline)

This is a repeat of 2009-2015 IceBridge missions. Its purpose is to re-survey the highest-priority lines of the historical ATM 10-km Jakobshavn grid and the main flowline of Jakobshavn. It also extends that grid with a broader array of ICESat ground tracks over the larger Jakobshavn basin. Renamed in 2015 in honor of Dr. Robert H. Thomas.

After being clouded all of last week, the Jakobshavn basin cleared during the day yesterday with strong high pressure taking control of the central part of Greenland's ice sheet, and was completely clear on the satellite images when we woke up this morning.  The only uncertainty in the weather for the area was the strength of the predicted offshore winds.  As it turned out, the weather model showing the lighter winds was the correct one, and we enjoyed clear skies and calm air all day long.

All instruments performed normally today, and neither ATM nor DMS experienced unusual fouling of their respective windows from hydraulic fluid.

Overall, we estimate successful data collection across 100% of the flight.

We conducted a ramp pass over Kangerlussuaq at 1500' AGL.

Data volumes:
ATM: 32 Gb 
FLIR: 4,0 Gb
DMS: 109 Gb 
Ku-Band Radar: 169 Gb
MCoRDS: 1.3 Tb
Snow Radar: 169 Gb
BESST: xx Gb

total data collection time: 7.6 hrs