Other: NOAA P-3 05/18/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Land Ice IceSat-2 Central
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.7 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/18/16 10:42 Z Finish:05/18/16 18:22 Z
Flight Time:7.7 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 05/18/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: IceSat-2 Central (priority: baseline)

This mission was designed to overfly planned IceSat-2 ground tracks over a wide range of ice regimes near Kangerlussuaq. We center some of the flightlines on each of three beam pairs (left, nadir and right) in turn, sampling three of each beam pair during this mission. The east-west crossing lines are designed to capture as many ascending/descending crossovers as possible.  We modified and augmented the mission in 2016 to overfly five GreenTrACS core sites.

The weather across west-central Greenland began to destablize last night as a cold front began its approach from the Davis Strait.  However the worst of the cloudiness was centered to the northeast of Disko Bay, with only a broken and quite low stratus deck obscuring portions of the area between Kangerlussuaq and the Jakobshavn basin.  We believed that daytime heating was likely to raise and dissipate these clouds as today wore on, so we selected this mission as the best option of our remaining baseline-priority flights for today.  The weather improved as we had hoped it would and we lost no part of the flight lines to clouds.  We do however expect conditions to continue to deteriorate tomorrow as the cold front nears, and this may make our last science flight of this campaign tomorrow a challenging one.

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 3000' AGL.

Data volumes:
ATM: 32 Gb 
FLIR: 3.8 Gb
DMS: 96 Gb 
Ku-Band Radar: 150 Gb
MCoRDS: 1.8 Tb
Snow Radar: 150 Gb
BESST: xx Gb

total data collection time: 7.1 hrs