P-3 Orion 05/01/18

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Flight Number: 
2018 OIB Arctic -Science #20
Payload Configuration: 
2018 OIB Arctic
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
7.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:05/01/18 11:22 Z Finish:05/01/18 18:47 Z
Flight Time:7.4 hours
Log Number:18P008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:This flight covered K-EGIG-Summit Flight line.
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 05/01/18 Science Report

Mission: 
OIB
Mission Summary: 

Mission K-EGIG-Summit
Priority: Baseline

This mission was designed to accomplish a number of high-priority tasks. First, we refly the van den Broeke “K-Transect” in the Russell Glacier catchment, consisting of several sites where comprehensive glaciological measurements are collected annually. We also fly the EGIG traverse line. We overfly the ICESat-1 track 412 Summit calibration site, and we fly two ICESat-2 ground tracks in the same area near Summit, with the expectation that these will become regular calibrations sites as well. For 2016, we added an overflight of a GreenTrACS core near IceSat track 0055. Finally we extend the coverage of the Jakobshavn basin upstream along ICESat-1 tracks, to capture continued inland progression of thinning there. 

A middling forecast for Greenland as a whole but a decent forecast for this mission made for an easy choice, especially given that we had already surveyed some of the portions that were likely to be clouded over. We broke out of the clouds about halfway up the K-transect, but it was mostly clear throughout the ICESat lines, including those over Summit. By coincidence, we were able to observe an LC-130 taking off from Summit as we were conducting our final pass. Clouds east of Summit caused significant altimetry loss and we turned around early to rejoin the EGIG line where clouds dissipated. We hosted two visitors from Kangerlussuaq airport operations. All instruments performed well. Altimetry coverage was about 85%. We performed a low ramp pass at 1200 ft.

Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. LC-130 warming up engines at the recently reopened Summit, central Greenland (John Sonntag / NASA)

3. LC-130 heading west of Kangerlussuaq shortly after take-off from Summit, with P-3’s #4 (rightmost) propeller and engine nacelle in foreground (John Sonntag / NASA)
4. Pressure ridges in a fjord's sea ice clearly delineate the zone of influence of calving from a small outlet glacier south of Jakobshavn Isbræ (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
Images: 

Map of today’s mission

LC-130 warming up engines at the recently reopened Summit, central Greenland

LC-130 heading west of Kangerlussuaq shortly after take-off from Summit, with P-3’s #4 (rightmost) propeller and engine nacelle in foreground

Pressure ridges in a fjord's sea ice clearly delineate the zone of influence of calving from a small outlet glacier south of Jakobshavn Isbræ