Analysis of Microwave Radiometric Measurements from Skylab.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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The results from the 1.4-GHz, S-194, phased array passive radiometer located on the SKYLAB satellite are presented. The objective of the investigation is to establish the degree to which quantitative measurements of sea-surface conditions and related wind fields can be made using the S-194 radiometer. To interpret the radiometric measurements in terms of environmental parameters, the microwave intensity is calculated using theoretical models for the atmosphere and for the ocean surface the total radiation is then convolved with the detailed antenna pattern of the S-194 to obtain the antenna temperature. This antenna temperature is then compared with the measured value, the environmental parameters adjusted, and the calculations iterated until agreement is obtained to within the measurement error.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Manned Spacecraft