Air Density at Heights near 150 km in 1970, from the Orbit of Cosmos 316 (1969-108A).
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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Cosmos 316 1969-108A was launched on 23 December 1969 into an orbit with an initial perigee height of 154 km at an inclination of 49.5 degrees to the equator. Because of its interest for upper-atmosphere research, the satellite was intensively observed, and accurate orbits are being computed at RAE from all available observations. Using perigee heights from the RAE orbits so far computed, and decay rates from Spacetrack bulletins, 102 values of air density have been obtained, giving a detailed picture of the variations in density at heights near 150 km between 24 December 1969 and 28 August 1970. Author
- Atmospheric Physics