P-3 Orion 03/24/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #9 - CryoVEx Line
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
5.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:03/24/17 12:20 Z Finish:03/24/17 18:05 Z
Flight Time:5.8 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Flight included CryoVEx line with coordinated flight with ESA Researchers and underflight of CryoSat2.
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 03/24/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the CryoVEx line which consisted of an underflight of CryoSat-2 in coordination with ESA's CryoVEx operating a Norlandair Twin Otter and AWI's Polar 5 aircraft from the PAMARCMiP project. Poor weather at Alert yesterday grounded the Twin Otter and Polar 5 for the planned mission on the previous day so this flight was launched to achieve coordination during another CryoSat-2 overpass. The mission was designed to account for the earlier closing time of Thule today, and included a delayed take-off to better estimate the launch probability of the other aircraft. Good communication with the other planes enabled us to safely fly at an altitude of 1750 feet and achieve the full 2-18 GHz bandwidth of the snow radar. We spotted the other planes about midway through on our return line at about 1600Z with the Twin Otter flying under us and the Polar 5 slightly offset to the east and much lower in altitude. CryoSat-2 passed overhead at 1641Z about 2.5 minutes after we had finished the line. Weather was very good for the flight with only a few patchy layers of thin haze about midway through the flight. All instruments performed well making for a very successful flight and creating a tremendous collaborative opportunity between the three aircraft and satellite data sets.

Data volumes
ATM: T5:  22 Gb        T6:  68 Gb
FLIR:  9 Gb
Cambot: 28 Gb
KT19: 10 Mb
DMS: 63.3 Gb
Snow/Ku radar: 600 Gb  (2-18 GHz operation)
MCoRDS: Did not operate
Accumulation radar: 298 Gb of test data
Gravity: 2.5 Gb
data on: 1227
data off: 1644