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Detection and modeling of the acoustic perturbation produced by the launch of the Space Shuttle using the Global Positioning System

Bowling, T.J. and Calais, Eric and Dautermann, Thomas (2010) Detection and modeling of the acoustic perturbation produced by the launch of the Space Shuttle using the Global Positioning System. In: EOS Trans AGU. 2010 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco.

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AF: Institute for Communication and Navigation, German Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany AB: Rocket launches are known to produce infrasonic pressure waves that propagate into the ionosphere where coupling between electrons and neutral particles induces fluctuations in ionospheric electron density observable in GPS measurements. We have detected ionospheric perturbations following the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on 11 May 2009 using an array of continually operating GPS stations across the Southeastern coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. Detections are prominent to the south of the westward shuttle trajectory in the area of maximum coupling between the acoustic wave and Earth’s magnetic field, move at speeds consistent with the speed of sound, and show coherency between stations covering a large geographic range. We model the perturbation as an explosive source located at the point of closest approach between the shuttle path and each sub-ionospheric point. The neutral pressure wave is propagated using ray tracing, resultant changes in electron density are calculated at points of intersection between rays and satellite-to-reciever line-of-sight, and synthetic integrated electron content values are derived. Arrival times of the observed and synthesized waveforms match closely, with discrepancies related to errors in the apriori sound speed model used for ray tracing. Current work includes the estimation of source location and energy.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/67994/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Detection and modeling of the acoustic perturbation produced by the launch of the Space Shuttle using the Global Positioning System
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Dautermann, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9469-5613UNSPECIFIED
Date:13 December 2010
Journal or Publication Title:EOS Trans AGU
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:DE: [1220] GEODESY AND GRAVITY / Atmosphere monitoring with geodetic techniques DE: [2487] IONOSPHERE / Wave propagation DE: [6929] RADIO SCIENCE / Ionospheric physics DE: [6969] RADIO SCIENCE / Remote sensing SC: SPA-Aeronomy (SA) MN: 2010 Fall Meeting
Event Title:2010 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union
Event Location:San Francisco
Event Type:international Conference
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation
Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Dautermann, Dr. Thomas
Deposited On:10 Jan 2011 08:27
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:12

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