P-3 Orion 03/23/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #8 - Zig Zag West Line
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:03/23/17 10:52 Z Finish:03/23/17 18:43 Z
Flight Time:7.9 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Zig Zag West Flight Line, including coordinated flight with the NASA G3 aircraft on the CryoSat 2 data line.
Flight Hour Summary: 
17P006
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS333.6
Total Used332
Total Remaining1.6
17P006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
02/24/17Airworthiness Test FlightCheck11332.6
02/26/17Project Test Flight #1Check4.95.9327.7
02/27/17Project Test Flight #2Check38.9324.7
03/07/17Transit FlightTransit8.217.1316.5
03/09/17Science Flight #1 - North Pole TransectScience825.1308.5
03/10/17Science Flight #2 - Laxon LineScience8.533.6300
03/11/17 - 03/12/17Science Flight #3 - Chukchi West LineScience841.6292
03/12/17 - 03/13/17Science Flight #4 - North Beaufort Loop LineScience8.149.7283.9
03/14/17 - 03/15/17Science Flight #5 - East Beaufort Loop LineScience857.7275.9
03/20/17Science Flight #6 - Sea Ice South Basin Transect (to Thule)Science8.165.8267.8
03/22/17Science Flight #7 - North Flux 02Science7.973.7259.9
03/23/17Science Flight #8 - Zig Zag West LineScience7.981.6252
03/24/17Science Flight #9 - CryoVEx LineScience5.887.4246.2
03/27/17Science Flight #10 - Northwest Coastal A LineScience7.494.8238.8
03/28/17Science Flight #11 - North Central Cap 01 LineScience7.6102.4231.2
03/29/17Science Flight #12 - Ellesemere Island 01 LineScience7.6110223.6
03/30/17Science Flight #13 - Ellesemere South LineScience7.9117.9215.7
03/31/17Science Flight #14- Alexander-Petermann LineScience6.5124.4209.2
04/03/17Science Flight #15- Zachariae 79N Fram Straight and BGTL ENSB TransitScience7.4131.8201.8
04/05/17Science Flight #16 - Svalbard North Line (High Priority)Science7138.8194.8
04/06/17Science Flight #17- Svalbard South Mission (High Priority)Science8.5147.3186.3
04/07/17Science Flight #18- Combined Zig Zag East Mission and Transit ENSB to BGTLScience8.3155.6178
04/10/17Science Flight #19- North Central Gap 3Science7.8163.4170.2
04/11/17Science Flight #20- CryoVex 2 (High Priority)Science7.8171.2162.4
04/12/17Science Flight #21-Northwest Coastal CScience7.2178.4155.2
04/13/17Science Flight #22-North Glaciers 02 Prime (High Priority)Science8.2186.6147
04/14/17Science Flight #23-IceSat-2 North/CryoSat-2 SARInScience7193.6140
04/17/17Science Flight #24-Humboldt 01(High Priority)Science7.8201.4132.2
04/19/17Science Flight #25-Sea Ice - South Canada Basin (MediumPriority)Science7.8209.2124.4
04/20/17Transit Flight to KangerlussuaqTransit3212.2121.4
04/21/17Science Flight #26-Southeast CoastalScience8220.2113.4
04/22/17Science Flight #27-Helheim-KangerdScience7.8228105.6
04/24/17Science Flight #28-Geikie 01 (High Priority) Science823697.6
04/26/17Science Flight #29-Devon-Bylot (Medium Priority)Science7.9243.989.7
04/28/17Science Flight #30-Penny 01 (Medium Priority)Science6249.983.7
04/29/17Science Flight #31-Thomas - Jakobshavn 01Science8.4258.375.3
05/01/17Science Flight #32-Thomas - Jakobshavn-Eqip-StoreScience8.4266.766.9
05/02/17Science Flight #33-Thomas - ICESat-2 Central Science7.9274.659
05/03/17Science Flight #34-Thomas - Southwest Coastal AScience8.3282.950.7
05/05/17Science Flight #35-Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq Gap B (High Priority)Science8.2291.142.5
05/06/17Science Flight #36-Helheim-K-EGIG-Summit Science8299.134.5
05/08/17Science Flight #37-Southeast Glaciers 01 (High Priority)Science8307.126.5
05/10/17Science Flight #38-Umanaq B (High Priority)Science8315.118.5
05/11/17Science Flight #39-ICESat-2 South (High Priority)Science8.1323.210.4
05/12/17Science Flight #40-Nuuk FjordsScience1.83258.6
05/13/17Transit Flight to Dover DE (to clear customs)Transit6.4331.42.2
05/13/17Transit Flight to Wallops Flight FacilityTransit0.63321.6

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 03/23/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

IceBridge completed the Zig Zag West mission which is a near-repeat of an OIB flight first flown in 2010 intended to sample the thick multi-year ice near the Ellesmere coast as well as the gradient to thinner ice closer to the pole. The mission was modified to pass under a CryoSat-2 orbit in coordination with up to three other aircraft: 1) The NASA G-III carrying the GLISTIN instrument. 2) The AWI Polar 5 with the PanArcMip project. 3) A Norlandair Twin Otter as part of ESA’s CryoVEx project. IceBridge launched first in order to comply with the closing time of the Thule airport. The flight was flown at an altitude of 2000 feet throughout for flight safety reasons, however this restricted the bandwidth of the snow radar to 2-8 GHz due to the current set-up on the P-3. The NASA G-III was spotted on the Airborne Science Flight tracker and first passed us overhead at 1603Z, making several passes over us throughout the CryoSat-2 line due to their higher airspeed. However, upon landing we learned that the Polar 5 and Twin Otter were unable to launch due to poor weather at Alert. Lastly, we collected data over frozen lakes in coordination with a Naval Academy survey of snow and ice thickness there.
                                                                                                     
The weather forecast showed mostly clear skies over the target area with an area of clouds at the northern end of the line. This held true throughout our flight, though the clouds along the northern section were a thin haze layer that we were able to range through without incident. All instruments performed well making for a successful flight with no loss of data.
 
Data volumes
ATM: T5:  23 Gb        T6:  108 Gb
FLIR:  13 Gb
Cambot: 33 Gb
KT19: 10 Mb
DMS: 81 Gb
Snow/Ku radar: 980 Gb  (2-8 GHz operation)
MCoRDS: Did not operate
Accumulation radar: Did not operate
Gravity: 3 Gb
data on: 1223
data off: 1710