Accession Number : AD0653065

Title :   ON THE SCIENTIFIC USE OF A SATELLITE RADAR SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Rutiser,S. J. ; Goodman,J. M.

Report Date : APR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : The possible scientific uses of a satellite radar system are evaluated and several experiments are discussed. Synoptic studies of field-aligned ionization associated with radio aurora, the detection of shower meteors, and further investigation of the ionospheric electron content with such a system appear to show considerable promise. The study of satellite precursors and wakes might also be accomplished by a satellite radar system employing a radar frequency in the neighborhood of 30 MHz. The same radar frequency would also be advantageous for the meteor and auroral investigations. In view of their significance in field-aligned ionization studies, the transverse propagation angle contours have been computed at specified latitudes along a given meridian. These contours are used to predict the radar beam orientations for which certain field-aligned phenomena might be observed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SATELLITE NETWORKS, *RADAR), (*IONOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES), MAGNETIC FIELDS, MAGNETOOPTICS, AURORAE, METEORS, UPPER ATMOSPHERE, WIND

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE