P-3 Orion 03/29/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #12 - Ellesemere Island 01 Line
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.6 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGTLTo:BGTL
Start:03/29/17 10:53 Z Finish:03/29/17 18:28 Z
Flight Time:7.6 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This flight covered the Ellesemere Island 01 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 03/29/17 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

OIB completed the high priority North Ellesemere 01 mission. This was a new mission, designed as part of OIB's multi-year dh/dt repeat strategy, and based both on the ATM surveys of the Canadian ice caps dating back to 1995, and to flightlines designed with Dave Burgess and Martin Sharp as part of a CSA/NASA agreement in 2014 and flown that same year. This mission concentrates on the northern Ellesmere ice field and on the Agassiz Ice Cap in east-central Ellesmere. For the northern ice field, we flew a historical ATM line traversing the ice from southwest to northeast plus centerlines of the major glaciers draining the ice field. We also flew a number of such glaciers on Agassiz, along with a pair of historical ATM lines.
 
The weather forecast over Ellesmere Island looked to be largely clear near the beginning of the flight but worsening (mainly in the north) later in the day. We elected to take the mission as it seemed likely we would still be able to get coverage over most of the lines. The weather was largely good, but with patches of scattered haze and clouds at times. This did not significantly impact the mission though we did miss some small areas and the lower portion of Yelverton Glacier line due to poor visibility. The FLIR window frosted over early during the transit and took some time to clear up which will impact the data quality. But overall the mission was good, with data collected over nearly the entire line.

Data volumes
ATM: T5:  27 Gb        T6:  120 Gb
FLIR:  14 Gb
Cambot: 31 Gb
KT19: 10 Mb
DMS: 62 Gb
Snow/Ku radar: 1.2 Tb
MCoRDS: 1.6 Tb
Accumulation radar:  1.3 Tb
Gravity: 3 Gb
data on: 1146
data off: 1738