OIB - Other: Airtec BT-67 12/14/17 - 12/15/17 Science Report

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Aircraft: 
Other: Airtec BT-67
Date: 
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Friday, December 15, 2017
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
Cape Adare A
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Cape Adare A

Priority: Medium



This mission is designed to fly the centerlines of the Mariner, Lillie, Ebbe, and Tucker Glaciers, all near Cape Adare. Based on Bedmap2, the full lengths of these glaciers have not been surveyed previously, and the Cape Adare region is generally sparsely surveyed.

 
After a long day yesterday, we delayed our normal takeoff time (from ~0830 to ~1115) for crew rest. We then took off for the Cape Adare A mission, which was the highest priority mission with sky clear weather over the target region. Ice fog in the Ross Sea was observed, but all four glacier centerline runs were indeed nearly sky clear. Curiously, the ice fog appeared to cause some interference with UWB MCoRDS; both this fog and the interference ended as we approached the beginning of the survey proper, operating in narrow bandwidth mode. One channel on MCoRDS is also experiencing an issue with an antenna cable causing ~3 dB of loss. Some fogging was experienced by the Riegl laser altimetry at the highest points of the mission, which was quickly ameliorated by additional heating of the cabin. Otherwise, the mission proceeded efficiently and uneventfully across all four major glaciers, with excellent views of Victoria Land mountains in what is likely the region with the highest accumulation rates that we will survey during this campaign. After the survey, we flew over Mario Zucchelli Station (Terra Nova Bay) for a visual inspection of the alternate landing site there. 
 
Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. The impressive promontory north of the terminus of Tucker Glacier (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
3. A common landform in this region that might be described as a floating piedmont glacier (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
Images: 

Map of today’s mission

The impressive promontory north of the terminus of Tucker Glacier

A common landform in this region that might be described as a floating piedmont glacier

Related Flight Report: 

Other: Airtec BT-67 12/14/17 - 12/15/17

Flight Number: 
OIB-Basler Science Flight #12
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Basler Antarctica 17
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
6.7 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:NZWDTo:NZWD
Start:12/14/17 22:10 Z Finish:12/15/17 04:51 Z
Flight Time:6.7 hours
Log Number:18M008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Mission: Cape Adare A Priority: Medium This mission is designed to fly the centerlines of the Mariner, Lillie, Ebbe, and Tucker Glaciers, all near Cape Adare. Based on Bedmap2, the full lengths of these glaciers have not been surveyed previously, and the Cape Adare region is generally sparsely surveyed. After a long day yesterday, we delayed our normal takeoff time (from ~0830 to ~1115) for crew rest. We then took off for the Cape Adare A mission, which was the highest priority mission with sky clear weather over the target region. Ice fog in the Ross Sea was observed, but all four glacier centerline runs were indeed nearly sky clear. Curiously, the ice fog appeared to cause some interference with UWB MCoRDS; both this fog and the interference ended as we approached the beginning of the survey proper, operating in narrow bandwidth mode. One channel on MCoRDS is also experiencing an issue with an antenna cable causing ~3 dB of loss. Some fogging was experienced by the Riegl laser altimetry at the highest points of the mission, which was quickly ameliorated by additional heating of the cabin. Otherwise, the mission proceeded efficiently and uneventfully across all four major glaciers, with excellent views of Victoria Land mountains in what is likely the region with the highest accumulation rates that we will survey during this campaign. After the survey, we flew over Mario Zucchelli Station (Terra Nova Bay) for a visual inspection of the alternate landing site there.
Flight Hour Summary: 
18M008
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS180
Total Used217
Total Remaining-37
18M008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining
11/11/17 - 11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #1bTransit6.36.3173.7
11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit4.610.9169.1
11/12/17 - 11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit6.217.1162.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit724.1155.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit3.427.5152.5
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit734.5145.5
11/16/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit4.839.3140.7
11/17/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit7.646.9133.1
11/17/17 - 11/18/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit4.251.1128.9
11/21/17Ski test flightCheck1.852.9127.1
11/26/17 - 11/27/17OIB-Basler Test FlightCheck2.955.8124.2
11/27/17OIB-Basler Mx FlightMaintenance0.856.6123.4
11/27/17Chips Lt L/H engineCheck0.356.9123.1
11/28/17 - 11/29/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #1Science6.363.2116.8
11/30/17 - 12/01/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #2Science7.570.7109.3
12/01/17 - 12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #3Science878.7101.3
12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #4Science6.38595
12/02/17 - 12/03/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #5Science6.591.588.5
12/03/17 - 12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #6Science8.299.780.3
12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #7Science5.9105.674.4
12/04/17Ferguson training flight #1Pilot Proficiency0.3105.974.1
12/04/17 - 12/05/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #8Science4.5110.469.6
12/06/17 - 12/07/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #9Science5.9116.363.7
12/08/17MX test flight - oil pressure fluxMaintenance0.8117.162.9
12/13/17 - 12/14/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #10Science4.3121.458.6
12/14/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #11Science7.4128.851.2
12/14/17 - 12/15/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #12Science6.7135.544.5
12/15/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #13Science3.4138.941.1
12/15/17 - 12/16/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #14Science7.2146.133.9
12/16/17 - 12/17/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #15Science5.8151.928.1
12/17/17 - 12/18/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #16Science6157.922.1
12/26/17OIB-Basler Transit North 1Transit4.7162.617.4
12/26/17OIB-Basler Transit North 2Transit8170.69.4
12/27/17OIB-Basler Transit North 3Transit5.41764
12/28/17OIB-Basler Transit North 4Transit4.7180.7-0.7
12/28/17 - 12/29/17OIB-Basler Transit North 5Transit7.2187.9-7.9
12/28/17 - 12/29/17OIB-Basler Transit North 6Transit7.2195.1-15.1
12/29/17OIB-Basler Transit North 7Transit6.3201.4-21.4
12/30/17OIB-Basler Transit North 8Transit3.9205.3-25.3
12/30/17 - 12/31/17OIB-Basler Transit North 9Transit6.9212.2-32.2
12/31/17OIB-Basler Transit North 10Transit4.8217-37

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