The First Meteorological Rocket Network

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  • 1 (U.S.A.), White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
  • 2 (U.S.N.), Point Mugu, California
  • 3 (U.S.A.F.), Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
  • 4 (N.A.S.A.), Wallops Island, Virginia
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The need for systematic, direct study of the atmospheric region above balloon level and below satellite level has led to the implementation of a Meteorological Rocket Network. A map of the rocket-firing stations is presented along with pertinent data relative to the individual stations. The various rocket vehicles and sensors which have been utilized are discussed, and the regions of their effectiveness are presented. Firing schedules are outlined, and the data acquired to date are indicated by lists of successful firings. The future need for such data is examined, and the experience gained thus far is applied in recommending and planning future meteorological rocket activities.

The need for systematic, direct study of the atmospheric region above balloon level and below satellite level has led to the implementation of a Meteorological Rocket Network. A map of the rocket-firing stations is presented along with pertinent data relative to the individual stations. The various rocket vehicles and sensors which have been utilized are discussed, and the regions of their effectiveness are presented. Firing schedules are outlined, and the data acquired to date are indicated by lists of successful firings. The future need for such data is examined, and the experience gained thus far is applied in recommending and planning future meteorological rocket activities.

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