Accession Number:

AD0647882

Title:

THE ORBITAL ELEMENTS OF COSMOS 5 NEAR THE BEGINNING AND END OF ITS LIFE.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The R.A.E. orbit-improvement programme was used to determine the orbital elements of Cosmos 5 1962 nu 1 near the beginning and end of its life in orbit. About 250 observations were used in the analysis, of which 80 were rejected as unsuitable. It was found that the orbital inclinations were not all accurate enough to give a reliable value for the rotational speed of the atmosphere, which was the main purpose of this study. Better results would have been obtained had some good Southern-Hemisphere observations been available. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE