THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GERDIEN CONDENSER FOR SOUNDING ROCKETS
UTAH UNIV SALT LAKE CITY UPPER AIR RESEARCH LAB
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Measurements of D-region conductivity are of extreme importance in understanding the basic, normal atmospheric processes as well as for investigating special events associated with the D-region, i.e., auroral absorptions, polar cap absorptions PCA and sudden ionospheric disturbances SID. This report discusses the theory and possibilities of adapting one type of conductivity probe, the Gerdien condenser for operation on sounding rockets at supersonic and subsonic velocities. Details are presented for two systems developed for making correlating measurements during simultaneous rocket flights. The first is designed for the Black Brant II rocket supersonic flow and the second, employing a parachute system, is designed for the Arcas rocket subsonic flow.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods