Accession Number : AD0268671

Title :   THE APPLICATION OF THE SKYSCRAPER AIRBORNE RADIATION MEASURING SYSTEM TO THE MEASUREMENT OF SKY BACKGROUNDS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : BENDIX CORP ANN ARBOR MICH BENDIX SYSTEMS DIV

Personal Author(s) : Graboske,H. C. ,Jr. ; Prostak,Arnold

Report Date : 29 DEC 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The present state of sky radiation background measurements, a discussion ot the capabilities of the SKYSCRAPER airborne spectroradiometer system, and a recommended program of background measurements to be carried out with this system are presented. The souces of infrared, visible, and near ultra-violet radiation considered are: clouds, atmospheric gases, the sun, stars, the planets, the moon, aurora, terrain and the sea. The SKYSCRAPER system has three spectrometers, covering the wavelength range from 0.3 micron to 15 microns. In addition, two radiometers perform short and long wavelength measurements. This system is installed in a KC-135 aircraft capable of flying at altitudes to 40,000 ft (12.2 km). It has a 20-inch diameter collecting telescope which can be automatically pointed by either a computer or a tracker, or controlled manually. The SKYSCRAPER System is capable of performing a number of measurements of primary interest, including: the spectral radiance of clouds and sky, spectral and radiometric measurements of planets, stars, and aurora, and measurements of atmospheric transmission. (Author)

Descriptors :   *SPECTROSCOPY, AIRBORNE, AIRCRAFT, ATMOSPHERES, HIGH ALTITUDE, INFRARED RADIATION, LIGHT, MEASUREMENT, RADIOMETERS, SKY, SKY BRIGHTNESS, SPECTROPHOTOMETERS, ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE