P-3 Orion 04/30/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #19
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
9.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:04/30/18 10:42 Z Finish:04/30/18 20:00 Z
Flight Time:9.3 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 Thomas-Jakobshavn 01 line - a baseline mission on this campaign.
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 04/30/18 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Thomas-Jakobshavn 01

Priority: Baseline



This is a repeat of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 IceBridge missions. Its purpose is to re- survey the highest-priority lines of the historical ATM 10-km Jakobshavn grid, the main flowline of Jakobshavn. It also extends that grid with a broader array of ICESat ground tracks over the larger Jakobshavn basin. Renamed in 2015 in honor of Robert H. Thomas. 



A promising forecast for this mission, with outflow across the Ilulissat region, made for an easy choice today. Because of the less promising forecast for this region later in the week, we opted to fly a longer mission that included two additional ICESat lines upstream of the main set flown today. We flew along the fjord west of Kangerlussuaq for an additional couple of minutes to repeat the snow radar calibration performed yesterday. We were greeted with clear skies across Jakobshavn Isbræ, where we surveyed numerous ATM and ICESat lines, along with the central flowline. No significant clouds were encountered, and laser altimetry surveying was good all day. We spotted a couple of piles of rubble that we suspected to be due to drained subglacial lakes. We passed by a snow-covered Swiss Camp. No instrument issues were reported, and altimetry coverage was 100%. A ramp pass at 2000 ft was performed.

 
Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. Snow-filled crevasses near Jakobshavn Isbræ, under P-3 shadow (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
3. The complex southern shear margin of Jakobshavn Isbræ, with an ambiguous grounded-to-floating transition (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
4. The ice prow that separates the main trunk of Jakobshavn Isbræ from the now-stagnant outlet glacier to the north, also demarcating the iceberg supply (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
5. Ice rubble possibly due to drainage of a subglacial lake (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
6. Iceberg in Ilulissat fjord (Joe MacGregor / NASA) 
7. Snow-filled bedrock lineations (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
8. Snaking sastrugi (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
Images: 

Map of today’s mission

Snow-filled crevasses near Jakobshavn Isbræ, under P-3 shadow

The complex southern shear margin of Jakobshavn Isbræ, with an ambiguous grounded-to-floating transition

The ice prow that separates the main trunk of Jakobshavn Isbræ from the now-stagnant outlet glacier to the north, also demarcating the iceberg supply

Ice rubble possibly due to drainage of a subglacial lake

Iceberg in Ilulissat fjord

Snow-filled bedrock lineations