Determination of the Orbit of Cosmos 307 Rocket and Its Use in Atmospheric Research.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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About 1200 observations from 46 observing stations were used to determine the orbit of Cosmos 307 rocket 1969-94B at 25 epochs spread throughout its nine-month orbital life. The determination was made using the RAE computer program for the refinement of orbital parameters, PROP. The values of orbital inclination obtained, which had standard deviations down to 0.4 sec of arc, were adjusted to account for various perturbations and then used to find the mean rotational speed of the Earths atmosphere, to give Lambda 1.06 plus or minus 0.04 revday at a mean height of 240 km. Author
- Atmospheric Physics
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry