P-3 Orion 05/08/17

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Flight Number: 
Science Flight #37-Southeast Glaciers 01 (High Priority)
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/08/17 10:15 Z Finish:05/08/17 18:17 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:17P006PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
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 05/08/17 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Southeast Glaciers 01 (priority: high; last flown: 2015)


This mission is a near-repeat of the 2012/2013/2014 Southeast Glaciers mission. Its primary purpose is to continue dh/dt monitoring of 10 glaciers in the southeast which have been flown since 2008, and two additional glaciers in the south near the Pursortoq peninsula first flown in 2012. We also occupy an ICESat line between the southernmost glacier and Kangerlussuaq, and an east-west master grid line between the northernmost glacier and Kangerlussuaq. We overfly four PROMICE sites near Kangerlussuaq. For 2015, we added new lines on the Ikertivaq-N and Ikertivaq-NN channels of Ikertivaq Glacier, since the original line was not optimally placed. The original line is nevertheless retained here for dh/dt continuity purposes. This had been a baseline OIB flight, but was demoted in 2016 because of its unsuitability to be flown from high altitude during the melt season campaigns. 


A mostly overcast Greenland with a gap in the southeast and light winds favored this challenging mission. Early networking troubles between the navigation system and the pilot’s yoke-mounted tablets were quickly overcome by John Sonntag. The forecast was as predicted, and we experienced mostly clear skies all along the coast and minor turbulence only when meeting the fronts of a couple of steep glaciers, including Ikertivaq-NN. All instruments performed well and ATM reported 100% data collection. High cross-winds near Kangerlussuaq precluded a ramp pass today and offered us the jolt that we’d originally expected on the glacier runs. Some loose pieces of equipment were tossed around but we all continued unharmed on a smooth landing.


Attached images:

1. Map of today’s mission

2. DMS image of the calving front of Gyldenlove glacier (Eric Fraim / NASA)

3. P-3 shadow while flying over an iceberg (Joe MacGregor / NASA)

4. The combination steep icefall and calving front at Ikertivaq North-North (Joe MacGregor / NASA)

5. A maze of castle-like seracs near the calving front of Pursortoq (John Sonntag / NASA) 


Map of today’s mission

DMS image of the calving front of Gyldenlove glacier

P-3 shadow while flying over an iceberg

The combination steep icefall and calving front at Ikertivaq North-North

A maze of castle-like seracs near the calving front of Pursortoq

CORRECT map of today's mission