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Title: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring & Autumn 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 16, 2015, 08:56:01 PM
NASA Operation IceBridge is gearing up for another Arctic campaign. The team are just getting ready for deployment to Thule. Much like last year, all flights can be tracked via:

http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/ (http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/)

Photo courtesy of NASA / Christy Hansen:
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: jdallen on March 16, 2015, 09:04:34 PM
NASA Operation IceBridge is gearing up for another Arctic campaign. The team are just getting ready for deployment to Thule. Much like last year, all flights can be tracked via:

http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/ (http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/)

Photo courtesy of NASA / Christy Hansen:
I am very keen to follow their progress and hear of their findings this year.
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 17, 2015, 11:46:23 AM
The IceBridge Hercules C-130 is currently en route to Thule.  Pictures from the mission are available on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_ice/sets/72157650973820319/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_ice/sets/72157650973820319/)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Hunter on March 19, 2015, 01:01:30 PM
Just took off for the first flight.  Today they will be surveying sea ice and also doing an overflight of the RV Lance ship which has stuck itself in the ice.  Yesterday is was moving up to 700m/hr so it makes it tricky to track on the fly!

More info on the RV Lance project here

http://www.npolar.no/no/prosjekter/detaljer?pid=b98886ce-590a-48a8-b113-4b96e98c65c8 (http://www.npolar.no/no/prosjekter/detaljer?pid=b98886ce-590a-48a8-b113-4b96e98c65c8)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 19, 2015, 01:44:35 PM
Just took off for the first flight.

Welcome back Hunter! A bit more information on both Lance and Sabvabaa (http://www.polarhovercraft.no/):

http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,116.msg45971.html#msg45971 (http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,116.msg45971.html#msg45971)

Today's mission plan, via the Operation IceBridge Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NasaOperationIcebridge):

Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 19, 2015, 08:00:08 PM
Conclusive proof that NASA have already invented the warp drive!

Proof also that more than one NASA aircraft was flying over Greenland today.
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 20, 2015, 03:19:26 PM
The IceBridge team are relocating to Fairbanks:

Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 21, 2015, 11:55:50 AM
The move to Fairbanks didn't take place yesterday. Whilst we await further news, here's the first video of 2015:

http://youtu.be/TJLUzcUrqXw (http://youtu.be/TJLUzcUrqXw)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: ghoti on April 10, 2015, 06:15:14 PM
I'm trying to remember how long it usually takes before data from Icebridge transects becomes available. Given the noise being made on the Arctic Sea Ice blog about how thick the Beaufort ice really is I'd love to see what the transects made this spring show.

Not this will really change the discussion much over there since the poster doesn't believe the satellite data nor the PIOMASS model nor the in situ buoy data. I seem to recall previous years' Icebridge data didn't contradict any of these sources.
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on April 10, 2015, 06:38:46 PM
The IceBridge quick look data archive (ftp://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/SAN2/ICEBRIDGE_FTP/Evaluation_Products/IceBridge_Sea_Ice_Freeboard_SnowDepth_and_Thickness_QuickLook/) suggests sometime in May at the earliest:

ftp://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/SAN2/ICEBRIDGE_FTP/Evaluation_Products/IceBridge_Sea_Ice_Freeboard_SnowDepth_and_Thickness_QuickLook/
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Hunter on April 13, 2015, 08:28:10 PM
Should be soon, I know a few personally who stay up long nights working on this product...

No rest for the weary :)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: ghoti on April 13, 2015, 09:33:28 PM
Well my thanks goes out to you and them!
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on April 14, 2015, 12:10:11 AM
Well my thanks goes out to you and them!

Seconded!
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Neven on April 14, 2015, 12:11:42 AM
Thirded!

Thriced!

I mean: +1!  :)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on April 14, 2015, 11:31:25 AM
As Hunter has pointed out elsewhere, a new video is now available, albeit not on the official NASA channel! I'm going to remove the 's' from "https" in the link provided by YouTube, which will hopefully allow it to embed properly:

http://youtu.be/y_1VkVNeavE (http://youtu.be/y_1VkVNeavE)
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: plinius on April 14, 2015, 09:45:38 PM
a minimap of the flight route would be fantastic!
Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: ghoti on April 14, 2015, 11:11:10 PM
Minimaps are on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/NasaOperationIcebridge (https://www.facebook.com/NasaOperationIcebridge)

Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on May 22, 2015, 08:21:28 PM
Two days ago the NASA Operation IceBridge Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NasaOperationIcebridge) reported:

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Operation IceBridge is ending its Arctic 2015 campaign a few days early due to maintenance issues with the aircraft.

Today the message reads:

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The C-130 is headed home! Follow along on the final leg of the journey as the team transits on down to the Eastern Shore: http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/ (http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/)


Title: Re: Operation IceBridge - Arctic Spring & Autumn 2015
Post by: Jim Hunt on September 23, 2015, 09:34:28 PM
I've changed the title of this thread, because NASA Operation IceBridge is heading to the Arctic once again:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-to-fly-parallel-science-campaigns-at-both-poles (http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-to-fly-parallel-science-campaigns-at-both-poles)

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For the first time in its seven years of flights, NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of changes in Earth’s polar ice, is conducting overlapping campaigns in Antarctica and the Arctic. Since 2009, IceBridge has studied Antarctic ice conditions each fall, but this year a new field campaign has been added to collect measurements of sea and land ice in the Arctic to provide insight into the impact of the summer melt season.

The first flight of the Arctic campaign is scheduled for Sept. 23, weather permitting, with ongoing flights until Oct. 23. The Arctic campaign team will fly aboard NASA Langley Research Center's Falcon 20 aircraft. The plane will carry three instruments: a laser altimeter called the Airborne Topographic Mapper, a high-resolution camera technology called the Digital Mapping System (DMS), which allows researchers to create maps of polar ice, and an experimental infrared camera.