Accession Number : ADA020038

Title :   Payload Integration for Falling Sphere Instrumentation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 May 72-30 Nov 74,


Personal Author(s) : Davin,Martin J.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Under Contract No. F19628-72-C-0283 with the Atmospheric Structure Branch of the Aeronomy Laboratory of the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, personnel, services, materials, and facilities were provided for participation in applied research and development on rocket payload instrumentation. Included therein were payload integration and field support for experimental rocket systems used to determine upper atmosphere density in the range 30 to 130 km, as well as the fabrication of the basic rocket payload hardware, such as special nose cones, upper and lower sphere holders, sphere ejection devices, radar transponder assemblies, and-the transition sections for mating the rocket and payload components. Also entailed were the improvement of the ground-based telemetry equipment for the experimental payload, the investigation of devices for increasing the range and reliability of high altitude density measurements, participation in the launch of the rocket-borne experiments at sites designated by AFCRL, and the processing of flight data. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Upper atmosphere, *Aeronomy, *Measuring instruments, *High altitude, *Sounding rockets, Atmospheric density, Payload, Spheres, Ejection, Falling bodies, Rocket noses, Telemeter systems, Meteorological radar, Aluminum, Accelerometers, Drag, Acceleration

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE