SUMMARY REPORT ON STRONGARM ROCKET MEASUREMENTS OF ELECTRON DENSITY TO AN ALTITUDE OF 1500 KILOMETERS
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A summary is presented which covers all phases of a project for the measurement of electron density to an altitude of 1500 kilometers by employing a five-stage solid propellant rocket combination known as the Strongarm, and a two frequency propagation experiment. Included are sections which describe the theory applicabthe measurements, the rocket vehicle, the airborne instrumentation, the ground instrumentation, the vehicle performance, and the experimental results. An early morning electron density profile to an altitude of 1500 kilo meters is presented, together with a daytime and a nighttime profile to 650 kilometers. A model of the ionospheric inhomogeneities which existed during the daytime rocket flight is given. Scale heights and exospheric temperatures derived from the profiles are also presented and discussed.
- Atmospheric Physics