Accession Number:

AD0261490

Title:

EFFECT OF THE DIURNAL ATMOSPHERIC BULGE ON SATELLITE ACCELERATIONS

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SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY CAMBRIDGE MASS

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Report Date:

1961-05-29

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Formulas are developed to express the secular acceleration of a satellite on passing through an atmosphere which bulges in the sunward direction and in which the scale height increases with height, these two properties of the high atmosphere having previously been establis ed from satellite observations. Comparison of the new formulas with those for a spherically symmetric atmosphere of constant scale height indicates that deduced atmospheric densities may be systematically incorrect by up to 50 or 60 at heights of 500 to 600 km when the simpler equations are used. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE