ROCKET MEASUREMENTS OF UPPER ATMOSPHERE DENSITY AND TEMPERATURE OVER FORT CHURCHILL, MANITOBA
TORONTO UNIV DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO) INST FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES
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The report describes a rocket experiment designed to measure density and molecular scale temperature above 100 km by means of a free molecule flow analysis of the data. In addition, pressure, temperature, and density were measured in the lower atmosphere by conventional methods. A theoretical analysis under conditions of continuum and free-molecule flow is included. The desired atmospheric parameters are given in terms of the quantities measured by the rocket-borne instruments. The mechanical design of the payload, and the electronics and electrical system are discussed. The data is reduced and the atmospheric parameters based on the data are presented. The experiment is discussed and modifications are suggested to improve the experiment and obtain better data.
- Atmospheric Physics