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Auroral Electrons Observed Using a Mother-Daughter Rocket

  • G. M. Courtier
  • M. J. Smith
  • D. A. Bryant
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 44)

Abstract

This paper presents results obtained from the Skylark rocket, S77/1, launched from Esrange, Kiruna at 2226:50 U.T. on March 2, 1972. It was launched over a broad auroral band during the onset of a geomagnetic bay. With this experiment it was possible to resolve spatial and temporal intensity variations of precipitating auroral electrons. This was achieved by mounting a separate payload with its own telemetry and ejecting it axially forward from the main payload. It was ejected at an altitude of 93 km with a separation velocity of 24 m s−1. The horizontal separation between the two payloads, measured across magnetic field lines, increased throughout the flight to a maximum of 3 km.

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References

  1. McPherron, R. L. and Coleman, P. J.: 1970, J. Geophys. Res. 75, 3927.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Sugiura, M., Ledley, B. G., Skillman, T. L., and Heppner, J. P.: 1971, J. Geophys. Res. 76, 7552.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Courtier
    • 1
  • M. J. Smith
    • 1
  • D. A. Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.Appleton LaboratorySRCBucksUK

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