The Semiannual Variation in the Upper Atmosphere (900-1200 km) at Solar Minimum.
Technical memo. 1974-1976,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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A new method has been developed that uses satellite along-track position errors to obtain information on atmospheric densities at altitudes of 900 to 1200 km. The data based used was the daily tracking results from the Navy Navigation Satellite System NNSS. Densities derived from these data for the years 1974-76 show a pronounced semiannual variation, with the AprilOctober maxima exceeding the AugustJanuary minima by factors of 2 to 4. The variation is more pronounced than was previously reported, and double the best current modeled variation. The current resolution with this technique is estimated to be 1 x 10 to the -19th power gmcu cm, or about 10 of the total density at these altitudes. Author
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