Accession Number : AD0724702

Title :   An Optimum Method for Computing Winds from a Starute Trajectory,

Corporate Author : DAYTON UNIV OHIO RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s) : Luers,James K.

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : The Starute System offers the capability of obtaining a highly accurate and detailed wind profile when tracked by an FPS-16 radar. A computer program has been written to utilize this potential in obtaining a wind profile. The wind accuracy achieved with the 'Starute Wind Program' between 30 and 60 km is an RMS wind error of 1 meter/second or less. Wave structure on the order of .5 kilometer is observable below 45 km and one kilometer structure to 60 kilometers. A discussion of the effect of vertical winds, apparent mass, and wind acceleration on a wind measurement is also included. The 'Starute Wind Program' is compared to the program in use at the Eastern Test Range from the standpoint of accuracy and frequency response. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WIND, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS), (*METEOROLOGICAL BALLOONS, RADAR TRACKING), RADIOSONDES, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, UPPER ATMOSPHERE

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE