Accession Number:

AD0261489

Title:

THE ATMOSPHERIC DRAG OF ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES DURING THE OCTOBER 1960 AND NOVEMBER 1960 EVENTS

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SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY CAMBRIDGE MASS

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Report Date:

1961-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Seven satellites with perigee heights between 206 and 1121 km showed atmospheric-drag perturbations during the geomagnetic disturbances of November 1960. These perturbations closely paralleled the planetary geomagnetic-index curves with no detectable time lag. The amplitudes of the perturbations ranged from a factor of 2 to a factor of 8 they showed a general tendency to increase with height, but little correlation with latitude or position relative to the sun. These results are confirmed by the accelerations of two satellites during the magnetic storm of October 6 and 7, 1960. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE