A PROTOTYPE LIGHT-WEIGHT REMOTE MICROWAVE REFRACTOMETER
NEW MEXICO UNIV ALBUQUERQUE ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION
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A special microwave refractometer which conforms to severe weight and space limitations is described, which is designed on a different principle from previous types of refractometers. It is divided into two separate units a self-contained transmitter and a ground unit. The transmitting unit is designed to be packaged into the nosecone of an ARCAS missile to be carried aloft to sound the upper atmosphere to an altitude of approximately 200,000 ft. A maximum weight requirement of 7.5 lb. is imposed upon the transmitter. Because of space and weight requirements, the transmitting unit is to have a minimum number of components. All the information required to determine the relative index of refraction is obained and coded by the transmitter. The ground unit receives the information transmitted by the airborne unit and must be able to amplify, decipher, and record the desired information.
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