Dynamics and energetics in the lower thermosphere in aurora (delta) -Japanese sounding rocket campaign

Takumi Abe, Junichi Kurihara, Naomoto Iwagami, Satonori Nozawa, Yasunobu Ogawa, Ryoichi Fujil, Hiroshi Miyaoka, Takehiko Aso, Mike Kosch, Eoghan Griffin, Anasuya Araliah, Werner Singer, Eivind V. Thrane, Hajime Hayakawa, Koh Ichiro Oyama

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The coordinated sounding rocket and ground-based observations were conducted in Norway on 13 December 2004. The main objective of this campaign is to elucidate the dynamics and energetics in the lower thermosphere associated with the auroral energy input. The instruments on board the rocket successfully performed their measurements, and provided the temperature and density of molecular nitrogen, auroral emission rate, and the ambient plasma parameters, while neutral wind, neutral temperature, the auroral images and the ionospheric parameters were observed by ground-based measurements. In this paper, we present a summary of this campaign and preliminary results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-605
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number590
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event17th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Sandefjord, Norway
Duration: 2005 May 302005 Jun 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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