Accession Number : AD0424480

Title :   ATMOSPHERIC CURRENTS AT ALTITUDES OF 80-100 KM BY OBSERVING THE DRIFTS OF METEORIC TRACES,

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Savrukhin,A. P.

Report Date : 09 OCT 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : One of the direct methods of studying winds in the upper stratosphere is observations of the drift of meteoric ionization traces. Meteoric bodies, penetrating from interplanetary space into the atmosphere of the Earth, at altitudes of 110-70 km form along their trajectories, tracks consisting of ionized atmospheric atoms and partially of meteorite body and electrons. At a sufficient linear density of electrons in the trace, it is possible to determine the reflection of radiowaves from its surface. Under the effect of recombination processes, the tracks begins glowing and becomes visible in optical instruments and to the naked eye. High altitude winds shift the meteoric track, change its form and dimensions. Observing this displacement, it is possible to determine the direction and velocity of atmospheric currents. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WIND, MEASUREMENT), (*METEORITES, IONOSPHERE), PENETRATION, LUMINESCENCE, DRIFT, ATOMS, IONIZATION, TRACER STUDIES, TRACKING, RADIO WAVES, REFLECTION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE