OIB - DC-8 11/04/16 Science Report

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Aircraft: 
Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
Antarctica
Mission Summary: 

IceBridge successfully completed the baseline priority Pine Island 5 mission. This flight is primarily derived from the eastern portion of the 2012 PTSK High-Altitude flight, whose lines were themselves derived from 2009 LVIS lines over the main Pine Island Glacier trunk. The mission is designed to collect dh/dt measurements over this area. The lines were also supplemented with segments from the 2002-2009 NASA-Chilean and OIB lines over several of the tributary channels feeding the main channel.

Some high altitude data was collected on transit to the main data line, though a significant amount of blowing snow was present and may cause a loss of some data. The start of the low altitude data line was slightly hazy with blowing snow on the surface as well, though ATM and DMS were able to see through it. ATM collected narrow scan data during the ramp pass and for the initial line on approach to the grid, about one hour of data on several other lines on the grid, and some high altitude data on the transit back. This was done to attain some overlap with the wide scan system, but preserve the laser system in case it is needed as a back-up later in the campaign. Both DMS and MCoRDS collected opportunistic data on the high altitude portion of the transit as well. Lastly, ATM suffered a failure of one of their Applanix units near the end of the mission, though back-up systems are in place to prevent loss of data from this event.

Overall, the mission went smoothly with no significant data loss due to weather or instrument issues.

Data volumes
ATM: T5: 15 Gb         T6: 28 Gb
FLIR:  10.6 Gb
Cambot: 31 Gb
DMS: 66 Gb
Snow/Ku radars: 428 Gb each
MCoRDS: 1.3 Tb 
AIRGrav: 4.5 Gb  
data on: 1600 (high altitude) 1618(low altitude)
data off: 2037
 

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DC-8 11/04/16 - 11/05/16

Flight Number: 
1153
Payload Configuration: 
OIB-ATM NAV/ATM GPS/ATM-T5/T6/ATM FLIR/ATM CAMBOT MCoRDS/SNOW/Ku RADAR DMS/POS-AV GRAVIMETER & ARMAS (piggyback)
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
11.1 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:SCCITo:SCCI
Start:11/04/16 12:59 Z Finish:11/05/16 00:03 Z
Flight Time:11.1 hours
Log Number:178010PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Good flight. The aircraft came back in good condition. This flight is primarily derived from the eastern portion of the 2012 PTSK High-Altitude flight, whose lines were themselves derived from 2009 LVIS lines over the main Pine Island Glacier trunk. The mission is designed to collect dh/dt measurements over this area. Weather was great as forecast. A ramp calibration overpass was done at 2000 ft AGL at the beginning of the mission.
Flight Hour Summary: 
178010
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS300
Total Used306.9
Total Remaining-6.9
178010 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining
10/04/161135Science44296
10/05/161136Science2.76.7293.3
10/12/161138Transit10.917.6282.4
10/12/161139Transit320.6279.4
10/14/16 - 10/15/161140Science10.931.5268.5
10/15/16 - 10/16/161141Science11.843.3256.7
10/17/16 - 10/18/161142Science11.855.1244.9
10/20/16 - 10/21/161143Science11.466.5233.5
10/22/161144Science1177.5222.5
10/24/16 - 10/25/161145Science11.589211
10/25/16 - 10/26/161146Science11.3100.3199.7
10/26/16 - 10/27/161147Science12.1112.4187.6
10/27/16 - 10/28/161148Science11.5123.9176.1
10/28/16 - 10/29/161149Science11134.9165.1
10/31/16 - 11/01/161150Science11145.9154.1
11/02/16 - 11/03/161151Science11.2157.1142.9
11/03/16 - 11/04/161152Science11.5168.6131.4
11/04/16 - 11/05/161153Science11.1179.7120.3
11/05/16 - 11/06/161154Science11.7191.4108.6
11/07/16 - 11/08/161155Science11.2202.697.4
11/09/16 - 11/10/161156Science11.7214.385.7
11/10/161157Science10.9225.274.8
11/11/16 - 11/12/161158Science11.3236.563.5
11/12/16 - 11/13/161159Science11.1247.652.4
11/14/161160Science10.9258.541.5
11/15/16 - 11/16/161161Science11.6270.129.9
11/17/16 - 11/18/161162Science11.1281.218.8
11/18/16 - 11/19/161163Science11.1292.37.7
11/21/161165Transit11.6303.9-3.9
11/21/161164Transit3306.9-6.9

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