HIGH ALTITUDE X-BAND NOISE MEASUREMENTS
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MA
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Presented are X-band noise temperature data obtained with an airborne radiometer installed in a high-speed jet aircraft KC-135. The aircraft was found to be an electrically quiet environment at X-band. The data show the considerable influence of blackbody radiation from the earth entering the antenna sidelobes. Temperatures close to those calculated theoretically were measured over water and at high antenna elevation angles. Heavy clouds, though many thousands of feet below the aircraft, caused a consider able temperature increased. A trend of lower temperatures with increasing altitude was observed. The apparent temperatures of land, snow, and ice and water are discussed.
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