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Final Report of STM-8W Weather Documentation, AFCRL/Minuteman Report Number 3
Air Force surveys in geophysics
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MA
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Reentry weather encountered by Minuteman test STM-8W is described. Documentation was accomplished by WB-57F aircraft, by satellite, by radar, and by lidar. A thin cloud layer was present at about 8.5 km with ice water content about 0.003 gmcu m, and one at 5.5 km had about 0.002 gmcu m. Low-level cumulus clouds were observed below 3 km on two of the trajectories. Data from all sources are presented, and operational problems of the weather documentation plan are discussed.
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