Accession Number : ADA190174

Title :   Support for FY87 Midlatitude Electron-Density Calibration Campaign.

Descriptive Note : Scientific rept. no. 5, 4 Jun-15 Oct 87,

Corporate Author : NORTHWEST RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC BELLEVUE WA

Personal Author(s) : Lansinger, John M

PDF Url : ADA190174

Report Date : 15 Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : One of the applications of data from AFGL's Auroral and Ionospheric Remote sensor (AIRS) aboard the Polar BEAR Satellite is an attempt to produce electron-density profiles from remote passive topside sensing. Development of this procedure required real-time acquisition of AIRS data simultaneously and closely co-located with data from the Millstone Hill incoherent-scatter radar. The field procedure to accomplish this objective involved utilization of the DNA Rover ground station deployed in the vicinity of Westford, MA to receive AIRS and other support data from P.BEAR while the satellite overflew the radar. The radar provided ground-truth information on ionospheric electron-density profiles and measurements of electron and ion temperature, plasma drift, and the thermospheric neutral wind during selected satellite passes between 1 July and 11 August, 1987. This report describes the field operations in support of the stated objective and some observations related to attitude determination for the Polar BEAR Satellite. Keywords: Ionospheric profiles, Electron density, Vacuum ultraviolet, Remote sensing.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRON DENSITY, *RADAR REFLECTIONS, *IONOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, ACQUISITION, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, AURORAE, CALIBRATION, DETERMINATION, DRIFT, ELECTRONS, INCOHERENT SCATTERING, IONOSPHERE, IONS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), PROFILES, REAL TIME, REMOTE DETECTORS, SURFACE TRUTH, TEMPERATURE, VACUUM ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION, SATELLITE ATTITUDE

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

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