OIB - Gulfstream V - JSC 10/28/19 Science Report

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Monday, October 28, 2019
Mission Location: 
Antarctic Fall 2019: Hobart, Australia
Mission Summary: 

Flight Report: 10/28/19
OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW: Katabatic winds off the continent appear to be shifting farther to the west, creating what looks like clear conditions at Casey Station. As the forecast worsens for this area as the week progresses, we might fly the sea ice Casey Mission, which will help to supplement ground snow and ice measurements which will be made in the coming weeks by some members of the IS-2 team.
Mission: Moscow 02
Priority: High
IceBridge successfully completed the high priority land ice mission Moscow 02 today. This science mission was designed to survey parts of the Moscow University Ice Shelf. Moscow 01, another OIB mission, not flown as of yet, will also add valuable data for this region, along with data from an earlier airborne missions ICECAP.
This science mission is designed in a grid-like pattern which supplements this earlier ICECAP project, and also includes an IS-2 tie line and a fluxgate inland of the ice shelf. The Moscow University Ice Shelf was found to have lowered in recent years based on firn processes (Pritchard et al., 2012 Nature), and snow radar data collected today will  be important for this area.
Clear skies, as predicted and shown in the forecasts and satellite imagery, in the region enabled us to get 100% data collection. All instruments also performed well with no issues. However, fuel concerns again forced us to cut our survey by about 20 minutes, so we were only able to survey the western two-thirds of the inland flux gate of the mission. MCoRDS collected data during the climb out. We plan on making up these lost data lines in a future ‘mop-up’ flight.  A 1500 foot AGL ramp pass was conducted before landing at Hobart airport.
The Hobart Hutchin’s School was visited today by Linette Boisvert and Eugenia DeMarco to talk about ice and OIB. Twelve high school students and 2 teachers were present. It was a ‘grouse’ time!
ICESat-2 RGT latencies (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2):
0841 (-24 days)
0460 (+26 days)
Data volumes collected during today’s mission, which consisted of 2.5 hours of data collection:
ATM:  40 Gb
FLIR:  5 Gb
Narrow Swath ATM:  59 Gb green
Narrow Swath ATM: 52 Gb IR
VNIR: 22 Gb
SWIR:  28 Gb
Snow Radar:  529 Gb
MCoRDS: 265 Gb
Gravity: 4.5 Gb

Related Flight Report: 

Gulfstream V - JSC 10/27/19 - 10/28/19

Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
10.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/27/19 21:52 Z Finish:10/28/19 08:05 Z
Flight Time:10.2 hours
Log Number:205003PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:4400 miles
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS350
Total Used248.4
Total Remaining101.6
205003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/21/19 - 10/22/19GV-51Transit5.318.6331.42300
10/23/19 - 10/24/19GV-53Science10.235.8314.24400
10/24/19 - 10/25/19GV-54Science10.145.9304.14400
10/26/19 - 10/27/19GV-55Science10.456.3293.74500
10/27/19 - 10/28/19GV-56Science10.266.5283.54400
10/28/19 - 10/29/19GV-57Science10.176.6273.44400
10/29/19 - 10/30/19GV-58Science1086.6263.44400
10/31/19 - 11/01/19GV-59Science10.296.8253.24400
11/02/19 - 11/03/19GV-60Science10.6107.4242.64600
11/03/19 - 11/04/19GV-61Science9.61172334200
11/04/19 - 11/05/19GV-62Science10.3127.3222.74500
11/05/19 - 11/06/19GV-63Science10.2137.5212.54400
11/07/19 - 11/08/19GV-64Science10147.5202.54400
11/08/19 - 11/09/19GV-65Science9.51571934100
11/09/19 - 11/10/19GV-66Science10.2167.2182.84400
11/13/19 - 11/14/19GV-67Science10.2177.4172.64400
11/14/19 - 11/15/19GV-68Science10.4187.8162.24500
11/16/19 - 11/17/19GV-69Science9.9197.7152.34300
11/17/19 - 11/18/19GV-70Science9.9207.6142.44300
11/18/19 - 11/19/19GV-71Science10.3217.9132.14500
11/19/19 - 11/20/19GV-72Science10.4228.3121.74500
11/20/19 - 11/21/19GV-73Science3.5231.8118.21500

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