Range Reference Atmosphere 0-70 Km Altitude. Kwajalein Missile Range, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
RANGE COMMANDERS COUNCIL WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM METEOROLOGY GROUP
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Atmospheric parameters are essential to the research and development of missiles and aerospace vehicles. The need for realistic atmospheric models derived in a consistent manner for each of the several major test ranges was recognized in the early 1960s. An atmospheric model which is derived from statistical data for a particular geographical location is referred to as a reference atmosphere. This committee, Task MG-1, establishes RRAs Range Reference Atmospheres for the several ranges as provided by the RCC Range Commanders Council. An RRA is a model of the Earths atmosphere over a geographical location of interest for use by DOD and other U.S. Government range users. The RRA is used to provide planning data for evaluating environmental constraints for the particular configurations of environment-sensitive systems and components being developed or undergoing tests. Using the best available upper atmosphere data base to include rawinsonde, rocketsonde and possibly other high-altitude data sources for the range location, the task is to establish a model of certain statistics for wind and thermodynamic quantities derived in a uniform manner and published in a standardized format.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support