DC-8 - AFRC 11/03/18 - 11/04/18

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
OIB 2018 Configuration - ATM-Cambot, ATM-GPS/ATM-NAV, ATM-FLIR, ATM-T6, ATM-T7, Gravimeter, MCoRDS, UWB Snow RADAR, and piggybacks ARMAS & Tinman
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
11 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SAWH - UshuaiaTo:SAWH
Start:11/03/18 13:07 Z Finish:11/04/18 00:06 Z
Flight Time:11 hours
Log Number:198006PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:A successful science flight completing the Amery Sector of the Hamilton Line at 88 deg S Latitude. After completion of the line, the DC-8 overflew the South Pole station while climbing to cruise altitude for the return home All science instruments successfully obtained data and the aircraft returned in good condition with no writeups.
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS345.8
Total Used292.8
Total Remaining53
198006 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
10/10/18 - 10/11/181291Science11.527318.80
10/11/18 - 10/12/181292Science11.638.6307.20
10/12/18 - 10/13/181293Science11.349.9295.90
10/13/18 - 10/14/181294Science10.760.6285.20
10/15/18 - 10/16/181295Science11.171.7274.10
10/16/18 - 10/17/181296Science10.181.82640
10/18/18 - 10/19/181297Science11.192.9252.90
10/19/18 - 10/20/181298Science10.8103.7242.10
10/20/18 - 10/21/181299Science10.7114.4231.40
10/22/18 - 10/23/181300Science11.1125.5220.30
10/27/18 - 10/28/181301Science11.3136.82090
10/30/18 - 10/31/181302Science11.7148.5197.30
10/31/18 - 11/01/181303Science11.3159.81860
11/03/18 - 11/04/181305Science11171.4174.40
11/09/18 - 11/10/181309Science11.1214.1131.70
11/10/18 - 11/11/181310Science10.6224.7121.10
11/14/18 - 11/15/181313Science11.2257.488.40
11/16/18 - 11/17/181315Science10.1277.8680

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - DC-8 - AFRC 11/03/18 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Hamilton Line – Amery Sector
Priority: High
The forecasts last night gave IceBridge hope of completing its 3rd baseline mission in a row, but deteriorating conditions over Pine Island and Thwaites led us back to the far south: Hamilton Line – Amery Sector. Cloudy conditions over the Bellingshausen Sea and Antarctic Peninsula gradually transitioned into clear blue skies as we approached the start of the 1.3-hour long survey at nearly 88°S. 
Due to the location of this sector, on the return transit we passed directly over Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station much to the excitement of all on board!!  IceBridge was able to capture a clear shot of the entire station with CAMBOT. 
Most impressively, the well-orchestrated teamwork displayed by the entire IceBridge team (both in air and on the ground) led to a perfectly on time departure from Ushuaia.  This feat is extremely impressive considering it was our first flight attempt at our new destination and that we encountered a few unexpected bumps in the morning. 
All instruments reported excellent data collection and quality.  The design of the Hamilton Line – Amery Sector covers about one-third of the southernmost extent of the ICESat-2 ground tracks; thus, latency is variable. Our newest guest, ICESat-2 Project Scientist Thorsten Markus, could barely contain his excitement as he experienced first hand the coordination between these two missions.
As of today, IceBridge has surveyed 6,572 nautical miles of ICESat-2 ground tracks.  Way to go team! 
Media: Romain Potoki and Florent Muller of France2 joined us today, conducting interviews and collecting footage for a feature-length documentary.
Outlook: Tomorrow’s forecast over the IceBridge Amundsen Sea Embayment baseline targets is favorable. Weather in Ushuaia was not an issue today, and we look forward to many more flights over the remaining weeks.
List of attached figures:

  1. Map of today’s science mission. (John Sonntag/NASA)
  2. CAMBOT images the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station as we ascend after completing our survey line. (Matt Linkswiler/NASA)
  3. Clouds clear to reveal glaciated peaks in the southern Antarctic Peninsula. (Brooke Medley/NASA)
  4. A series of moraines reveals ice retreat on a small mountain near the Foundation Ice Stream. (Brooke Medley/NASA)
  5. Sastrugi near the South Pole suggest there are two dominant wind directions. (Brooke Medley/NASA)