P-3 Orion 04/25/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #15
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.7 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:04/25/18 11:23 Z Finish:04/25/18 19:05 Z
Flight Time:7.7 hours
Log Number:18P008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This was the Southeast Coastal baseline 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 04/25/18 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Misson: Southeast Coastal
Priority: Baseline

This mission reflies a 20-km coast-parallel grid along the southeast Greenland coast, enabling direct measurement of dh/dt in the catchment areas of the many major glaciers in the area across a range of surface elevations. It also reflies the centerlines of the Fritdjof Glacier, as well as the two central branches of the Ikertivaq Glaciers. The Ikertivaq centerlines are new for 2015. 

Following a snowy night in Kangerlussuaq, we departed about 45 min later than usual due to required de-icing. Following intermittent cloud on the transect that only marginally affected laser altimetry data collection, we encountered the forecast clear skies along the southeastern coast. Only mild turbulence was encountered, and all the coast-parallel lines were successfully and uneventfully surveyed. Some clouds were encountered again as we approached the ice-sheet margin near Kangerlussuaq, for an estimated data recovery of 97%. All instruments performed well. 

Attached images:

1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. The terminus of Koge Bugt, a large outlet glacier along the southeastern coast (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
3. Deep, dry serac blocks (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
4. A former mountain, long since overrun by an outlet glacier (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
5. Radiative heating from a bedrock high may have led to cloud formation directly above it (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
Images: 

Map of today’s mission

The terminus of Koge Bugt, a large outlet glacier along the southeastern coast

A former mountain, long since overrun by an outlet glacier

Radiative heating from a bedrock high may have led to cloud formation directly above it