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Investigation of thermospheric winds relative to space station orbital altitudesAn investigation of thermospheric winds, relative to the space station orbital altitudes, was made in order to provide information that is useful in an environmental disturbance assessment. Current plans are for this low Earth orbiting facility to orbit at an inclination of 28.5 deg. The orbital altitudes were not yet defined due to the evolutionary configuration of the Space Station. The upper and lower bounds of the orbital altitudes will be based on constraints set by the drag and expected orbital decay and delivery altitude capability of the Shuttle. The orbital altitude will be estimated on the order of 500 km. Neutral winds in the region from about 80 to 600 km which were derived from satellite drag data, Fabry-Perot interferometers, sounding rockets, ground-based optical Doppler techniques, incoherent scatter radar measurements from Millstone Hill combined with the mass spectrometer and lithium trail neutral wind measurements are examined. The equations of motion of the low Earth orbiting facility are also discussed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Susko, M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1984
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:82577
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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