Webb, Willis L. Formerly, Meteorological Satellite TA, Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Army Electronic Command, White Sands, New Mexico.
Schmidlin, Francis J. Observational Science Branch, Laboratory for Oceans, Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flights Facility, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Wallops Island, Virginia.
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A small rocket system used for extending observations of the atmosphere above feasible limits for balloon-borne and telemetering instruments. Synoptic exploration of the middle-atmospheric circulation (20–95 km or 12–60 mi altitude) through use of these systems (also known as rocketsondes) matured in the 1960s into a highly productive source of information on atmospheric structure and dynamics. Many thousands of small meteorological rockets have been launched in a coordinated investigation of the wind field and the temperature and ozone structures in the middle atmosphere region at 25–55 km (16–34 mi) altitude.
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