OIB - Other: Airtec BT-67 12/15/17 - 12/16/17 Science Report

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Aircraft: 
Other: Airtec BT-67
Date: 
Friday, December 15, 2017 - Saturday, December 16, 2017
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
TAM Central / TAM West
Mission Summary: 

Today we flew one complete mission in the Transantarctic Mountains and a third of another one.



Mission: TAM Central

Priority: Medium



This mission flies the centerlines of the Shackleton and Beardmore Glaciers. Working with the TAM East and TAM GL West missions, it also establishes flight lines approximating the TAM grounding line and a second line approximately 20 km outboard of the grounding line. Both flawless weather and an excellent forecast insisted that we launch this mission, among the highest priority that we had remaining. We transited the Ross Ice Shelf, surveyed a grounding-zone fluxgate, then made our way up Shackleton Glacier and the refueled in 45 min at Shackleton Glacier Camp, which was warm (> –10ºC) and welcoming with very light winds and cookies. We then completed the Shackleton flowline, then crossed grid west to Liv Glacier, which we then descended much more quickly than Shackleton due to its steeper terrain. We flew a downstream fluxgate and passed over the South Pole Traverse on its way back to McMurdo Station. We then ascended Beardmore Glacier and descended Lennox-King Glacier, which we flew in 2013 but had not included in this campaign until this mission was redesigned to refuel at Shackleton. Both instruments operated flawlessly. The radar mostly operated in narrowband mode (180-210 MHz) for the glacier flowlines, and wideband mode (150-450 MHz) for the Ross Ice Shelf.

 
Mission: TAM West
Priority: Medium
 
Following TAM Central, we surveyed a center flowline up Mulock Glacier from MULKI to MULKA, which is part of the TAM West mission. This was the third of three glacier flowlines that form this mission, although we have not surveyed the majority of the Byrd flowline on the Ross Ice Shelf proper. We hope to mop that one up during one of the Northwest Ross A/B missions.
 
Attached images: 
 
1. Map of TAM Central, today’s primary mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. Our intrepid pilots Dillan Josland, Andy Ferguson and Scott Farley at Shackleton Glacier Camp (Joe MacGregor / NASA).
3. Part of the tractor train of the returning South Pole Traverse on the Ross Ice Shelf between Shackleton and Beardmore glaciers (Joe MacGregor / NASA).
4. The indurated surface of Beardmore Glacier (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
Images: 

Our intrepid pilots Dillan Josland, Andy Ferguson and Scott Farley at Shackleton Glacier Camp

Part of the tractor train of the returning South Pole Traverse on the Ross Ice Shelf between Shackleton and Beardmore glaciers

The indurated surface of Beardmore Glacier

Related Flight Report: 

Other: Airtec BT-67 12/15/17

Flight Number: 
OIB-Basler Science Flight #13
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Basler Antarctica 17
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
3.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:NZWDTo:SHG
Start:12/15/17 19:26 Z Finish:12/15/17 22:51 Z
Flight Time:3.4 hours
Log Number:18M008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Today we flew one complete mission in the Transantarctic Mountains and a third of another one. Mission: TAM Central Priority: Medium This mission flies the centerlines of the Shackleton and Beardmore Glaciers. Working with the TAM East and TAM GL West missions, it also establishes flight lines approximating the TAM grounding line and a second line approximately 20 km outboard of the grounding line. Both flawless weather and an excellent forecast insisted that we launch this mission, among the highest priority that we had remaining. We transited the Ross Ice Shelf, surveyed a grounding-zone fluxgate, then made our way up Shackleton Glacier and the refueled in 45 min at Shackleton Glacier Camp, which was warm (> –10ºC) and welcoming with very light winds and cookies. We then completed the Shackleton flowline, then crossed grid west to Liv Glacier, which we then descended much more quickly than Shackleton due to its steeper terrain. We flew a downstream fluxgate and passed over the South Pole Traverse on its way back to McMurdo Station. We then ascended Beardmore Glacier and descended Lennox-King Glacier, which we flew in 2013 but had not included in this campaign until this mission was redesigned to refuel at Shackleton. Both instruments operated flawlessly. The radar mostly operated in narrowband mode (180-210 MHz) for the glacier flowlines, and wideband mode (150-450 MHz) for the Ross Ice Shelf. Mission: TAM West Priority: Medium Following TAM Central, we surveyed a center flowline up Mulock Glacier from MULKI to MULKA, which is part of the TAM West mission. This was the third of three glacier flowlines that form this mission, although we have not surveyed the majority of the Byrd flowline on the Ross Ice Shelf proper. We hope to mop that one up during one of the Northwest Ross A/B missions.
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

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.

Other: Airtec BT-67 12/15/17 - 12/16/17

Flight Number: 
OIB-Basler Science Flight #14
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Basler Antarctica 17
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
7.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SHGTo:NZWD
Start:12/15/17 23:34 Z Finish:12/16/17 06:44 Z
Flight Time:7.2 hours
Log Number:18M008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Today we flew one complete mission in the Transantarctic Mountains and a third of another one. Mission: TAM Central Priority: Medium This mission flies the centerlines of the Shackleton and Beardmore Glaciers. Working with the TAM East and TAM GL West missions, it also establishes flight lines approximating the TAM grounding line and a second line approximately 20 km outboard of the grounding line. Both flawless weather and an excellent forecast insisted that we launch this mission, among the highest priority that we had remaining. We transited the Ross Ice Shelf, surveyed a grounding-zone fluxgate, then made our way up Shackleton Glacier and the refueled in 45 min at Shackleton Glacier Camp, which was warm (> –10ºC) and welcoming with very light winds and cookies. We then completed the Shackleton flowline, then crossed grid west to Liv Glacier, which we then descended much more quickly than Shackleton due to its steeper terrain. We flew a downstream fluxgate and passed over the South Pole Traverse on its way back to McMurdo Station. We then ascended Beardmore Glacier and descended Lennox-King Glacier, which we flew in 2013 but had not included in this campaign until this mission was redesigned to refuel at Shackleton. Both instruments operated flawlessly. The radar mostly operated in narrowband mode (180-210 MHz) for the glacier flowlines, and wideband mode (150-450 MHz) for the Ross Ice Shelf. Mission: TAM West Priority: Medium Following TAM Central, we surveyed a center flowline up Mulock Glacier from MULKI to MULKA, which is part of the TAM West mission. This was the third of three glacier flowlines that form this mission, although we have not surveyed the majority of the Byrd flowline on the Ross Ice Shelf proper. We hope to mop that one up during one of the Northwest Ross A/B missions.
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

Flight Reports began being entered into this system as of 2012 flights. If there were flights flown under an earlier log number the flight reports are not available online.