Space Environmental Studies: Instrumentation and Data Analysis Related to the Ionosphere.
Final rept. 15 May 77-31 May 80,
REGIS COLL RESEARCH CENTER WESTON MA
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The objective of this contract has been to design instrumentation for the Plasma, Particles and Field Branch, Space Physics Division of the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory and to analyze data from these instruments and related instruments flown on the same vehicles. In particular, the desin and check out of the thermal plasma instruments for SCATHA SC5 and for DMSP Flights 2, 4 and 5 of the Block 5D series has been done. Design work for DMSP Flights 6 through 10 has also been done. The data analysis has been done to understand and improve the quality of future instruments. For example, the electronics for the thermal plasma experiments on Flights 4 through 7 was done after an unexpected vehicle electrostatic potential problem was identified from the Flight 2 in-flight data records. The data analysis was also done to improve the general knowledge of the ionosphere. Author
- Atmospheric Physics
- Unmanned Spacecraft