Accession Number : AD0607761

Title :   ANALYSIS OF PERFORMANCE OF A ROCKET-BORNE RETARDING POTENTIAL ANALYZER.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INC CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Manley,Oscar P.

Report Date : MAY 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The use of a rocket-borne retarding potential analyzer (RSHOWN THAT AT THE ALTITUDES OF INTEREST (40 to 90 km) shock ionization induced by the nose-cone may exceed ambient ionization. Moreover, the positive ion current measured by means of the RPA is not linearly dependent on the ion density; at present, the precise functional dependence between the two quantities cannot be established analytically. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*IONIZATION POTENTIALS, IONOSPHERE), (*IONOSPHERE, GAS IONIZATION), (*GAS IONIZATION, MEASUREMENT), SPACEBORNE, IONS, IONIC CURRENT, DENSITY, ELECTRON DENSITY, ELECTROSTATICS, AERODYNAMIC HEATING, SHOCK WAVES, VELOCITY, PLASMA SHEATHS, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE