Atmospheric profiles from active space-based radio measurementsThe paper describes determinations of atmospheric profiles from space-based radio measurements and the retrieval methodology used, with special attention given to the measurement procedure and the characteristics of the soundings. It is speculated that reliable profiles of the terrestrial atmosphere can be obtained by the occultation technique from the surface to a height of about 60 km. With the full complement of 21 the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and one GPS receiver in sun synchronous polar orbit, a maximum of 42 soundings could be obtained for each complete orbit or about 670 per day, providing almost uniform global coverage.
Hardy, Kenneth R. (Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Hinson, David P. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Tyler, G. L. (Stanford Univ. CA, United States)
Kursinski, E. R. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 6th, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 5-10, 1992, Preprints (A93-36051 14-47)