Ten Orbit Determinations for Cosmos 472 Rocket.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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The orbit of Cosmos 472 rocket, 1972-04B, has been determined from 461 observations at ten epochs during the last two months of its life. the first eight orbits were satisfactory, with average standard deviations equivalent to 220 m in cross-track distance and 75 m in radial distance. The variation of perigee height has been analysed to obtain four values of density scale height. The first three showed good agreement with CIRA 1972. Unfortunately the geometry of the orbit was such that the decrease in inclination did not yield an exact value of atmospheric rotation, contrary to expectations.
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