INVESTIGATION OF PHOTOMETRIC DATA RECEIVED FROM AN ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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A theory is developed relating the axis of rotation about the center of mass and the orientation of the longitudinal axis of a cylindrical satellite to the variation in light intensity observed by a tracking station. Photometric recordings of the light data received from an artificial earth satellite are made using the equipment at the USAF Sulfur Grove, Ohio tracking station. The theory is applied to the experimental data re ceived from revolution 257 of satellite 1962 Beta Alpha 2, an Agena B rocket body. The right ascen sion and declination of the axis of rotation and the longitudinal axis of this satellite are found. Using the orientation of the longitudinal axis found by the developed theory, the variation of light intensity due to orientation is calculated.