OIB - Other: Airtec BT-67 12/06/17 - 12/07/17 Science Report

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Aircraft: 
Other: Airtec BT-67
Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Thursday, December 7, 2017
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
Victoria B
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Victoria B

Priority: Low



This mission is designed to sample a pair of ICESat tracks stretching across Victoria Land from David Glacier to the northern coast, in the region between the Victoria A and Victoria C flights. It was previously flown during the 2013 P-3 campaign.

 
Weather observations for the Transantarctic Mountains south of McMurdo were worse than previously forecast, preventing a mission there today. Victoria B was the most viable of the remaining missions. We briefly overflew thick low clouds near David Glacier, as expected, but otherwise the mission proceeded with mostly sky-clear conditions across our survey and Victoria Land nunataks. Riegl experienced some condensation up on plateau but otherwise successful data collection, estimated at 90%, and MCoRDS reported no issues.
 
Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission.
2. Steep cliff along the edge of the mountain ranges in Victoria Land (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
3. Ice-shelf promontory (Chris Larsen / UAF)
4. Coastal Victoria Land (Chris Larsen / UAF)
Images: 

Steep cliff along the edge of the mountain ranges in Victoria Land

Related Flight Report: 

Other: Airtec BT-67 12/06/17 - 12/07/17

Flight Number: 
OIB-Basler Science Flight #9
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Basler Antarctica 17
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
5.9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:NZWDTo:NZWD
Start:12/06/17 19:10 Z Finish:12/07/17 01:04 Z
Flight Time:5.9 hours
Log Number:18M008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Mission: Victoria B Priority: Low This mission is designed to sample a pair of ICESat tracks stretching across Victoria Land from David Glacier to the northern coast, in the region between the Victoria A and Victoria C flights. It was previously flown during the 2013 P-3 campaign. Weather observations for the Transantarctic Mountains south of McMurdo were worse than previously forecast, preventing a mission there today. Victoria B was the most viable of the remaining missions. We briefly overflew thick low clouds near David Glacier, as expected, but otherwise the mission proceeded with mostly sky-clear conditions across our survey and Victoria Land nunataks. Riegl experienced some condensation up on plateau but otherwise successful data collection, estimated at 90%, and MCoRDS reported no issues.
Flight Hour Summary: 
18M008
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS180
Total Used113.9
Total Remaining66.1
18M008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining
11/11/17 - 11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #1bTransit6.36.3173.7
11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit4.610.9169.1
11/12/17 - 11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit6.217.1162.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit724.1155.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit3.427.5152.5
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit734.5145.5
11/16/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit4.839.3140.7
11/17/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit7.646.9133.1
11/17/17 - 11/18/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit4.251.1128.9
11/26/17 - 11/27/17OIB-Basler Test FlightCheck2.954126
11/27/17OIB-Basler Mx FlightMaintenance0.854.8125.2
11/28/17 - 11/29/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #1Science6.361.1118.9
11/30/17 - 12/01/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #2Science7.568.6111.4
12/01/17 - 12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #3Science876.6103.4
12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #4Science6.382.997.1
12/02/17 - 12/03/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #5Science6.589.490.6
12/03/17 - 12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #6Science8.297.682.4
12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #7Science5.9103.576.5
12/04/17 - 12/05/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #8Science4.510872
12/06/17 - 12/07/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #9Science5.9113.966.1

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