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Gulfstream V - JSC 10/31/19 - 11/01/19

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
10.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:10/31/19 22:00 Z Finish:11/01/19 08:11 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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OIB - Gulfstream V - JSC 11/01/19 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Flight Report: 11/01/19
OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW: While we are waiting for conditions to clear in the Rennick and Cook areas of the Antarctic ice sheet, areas are clearing just to the east of where we have flown, and we have a few viable land ice options for tomorrow. The eastern Antarctic sea ice is still socked in, so that is not an option for tomorrow.
Mission: ASUMA Traverse
Priority: Medium
The forecasts for today showed the only viable area of East Antarctica to be areas near the Adelie Coasts, with no options for any Eastern Antarctic sea ice missions. Luckily, we had 2 viable options in this area to choose from today. Our choice to fly the medium priority land ice mission ASUMA Traverse was picked because katabatic winds flowing off the continent were much higher along the coasts, so choosing the other option, the SPRI-Adelie mission could have potentially put us in some bad turbulence. The ASUMA mission goes inland where winds were less.
Just as we expected, we were greeted with clear skies and a little turbulence near the coast, but then smooth conditions inland for the majority of the time while we collected data.
This mission is designed to overfly the ASUMA Traverse which was a ground survey of snow accumulation taken by scientists from France’s Antarctic Station Dumont D’Urville, which we also flew by on this mission. The ASUMA Traverse was done in 2016, and the main goals were to collect data on snow and snow accumulation in order to get a better understanding of the snow physics and the processes that are responsible for its temporal and spatial variations in this part of Antarctica. Today IceBridge was able to bridge the data gap from these measurements on the ground to satellite data. Snow processes and accumulation are important in Antarctica because of its role in surface mass balance of the ice sheet.
Today OIB collected valuable snow radar, MCoRDs, and ATM data along this traverse line. All instruments performed well with 100% data collection. So far we haven’t had any major aircraft or instrument issues during the campaign. ‘You little ripper!” (Aussie for ‘That’s great, Mate!’)
ICESat-2 RGT latencies (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2):
Data volumes collected during today’s mission, which consisted of 3.2 hours of data collection:
ATM:  53 Gb
FLIR:  7 Gb
Narrow Swath ATM:  78 Gb green
Narrow Swath ATM:  72 Gb IR
VNIR: 28 Gb
SWIR:  40 Gb
Snow Radar: 700 Gb
MCoRDS: 317 Gb
Gravity: 4.5 Gb