P-3 Orion 04/16/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #9
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8.2 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:PAFATo:BGTL
Start:04/16/18 10:06 Z Finish:04/16/18 18:15 Z
Flight Time:8.2 hours
Log Number:18P008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This flight covered the South Basin Transect - a baseline sea ice line. We also re-positioned from Fairbanks to Thule during the flight.
Flight Hour Summary: 
18P008
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS201.2
Total Used190.4
Total Remaining10.8
18P008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/13/182018 OIB Arctic -Airworthiness Test FlightOther0.80.8200.4
03/14/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - LaserOther2.63.4197.8
03/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Project Test Flight - RadarOther5.79.1192.1
03/18/182018 OIB Arctic -delta ATFOther0.89.9191.3
03/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to ThuleTransit7.917.8183.4
03/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #1Science7.825.6175.6
04/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #2Science7.933.5167.7
04/04/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #3Science8.141.6159.6
04/05/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #4Science849.6151.6
04/06/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #5Science8.858.4142.8
04/07/18 - 04/08/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #6Science8.166.5134.7
04/08/18 - 04/09/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #7Science8.374.8126.4
04/14/18 - 04/15/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #8Science7.782.5118.7
04/16/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #9Science8.290.7110.5
04/18/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #10Science898.7102.5
04/19/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #11Science7.7106.494.8
04/20/182018 OIB Arctic -Transit to KangerTransit4.2110.690.6
04/21/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #12Science8.1118.782.5
04/22/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #13Science6.5125.276
04/23/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #14Science8.2133.467.8
04/25/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #15Science7.7141.160.1
04/26/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #16Science8.8149.951.3
04/27/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #17Science8157.943.3
04/29/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #18Science8.3166.235
04/30/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #19Science9.3175.525.7
05/01/182018 OIB Arctic -Science #20Science7.4182.918.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #1Transit6.4189.311.9
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #2Transit0.6189.911.3
05/03/182018 OIB Arctic -Return Transit Leg #3Transit0.5190.410.8

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion 04/16/18 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 
Mission: South Basin Transect
Priority: Baseline
 

This mission is a repeat of missions flown each year of OIB beginning in 2009. Timing on this flight is challenging because we must land at Thule before the airfield closes at 1600 local time, which is five hours ahead of Fairbanks local time. This means that we must depart Fairbanks before approximately 0200 local time, and this in turn means that we must fly the first few hours of this flight in darkness. For 2016 the portion of this flight north of Ellesmere Island was slightly modified to improve the distribution of coverage in that area. In addition to Level-1 Requirements SI1 and SI2, it addresses sea ice level 1 baseline requirement SI3a by providing data on the thickness gradient and distribution of perennial and seasonal ice across the Arctic Basin.



This flight proceeded uneventfully and with fewer clouds than expected. We encountered ground fog halfway through the mission, but ATM T6 was able to mostly penetrate the fog and only a few minutes of data lost. Because it was overcast during the North Pole Transect, we also overflew a study site on shore-fast ice near Alert in collaboration with Christian Haas. All instruments performed well, save a couple of Applanix error messages on the ATM systems.

 
Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. Sea ice near Alert (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
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