Increase of error in range correction with elapsed time, evaluated by ray tracing through radiosonde-generated atmospheric models
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1973 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 8, Issue 7, pages 633–639, July 1973
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1973), Increase of error in range correction with elapsed time, evaluated by ray tracing through radiosonde-generated atmospheric models, Radio Sci., 8(7), 633–639, doi:10.1029/RS008i007p00633., , and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 29 NOV 1972
Previous studies of range and angular errors caused by variation of atmospheric refractivity with altitude generally have used functional expressions, averaged data, or data from a small number of radiosonde ascents. In this investigation a large data base was employed consisting of radiosonde measurements made at intervals of about 2 hr for a period of 1 week. In the analysis it was assumed that the refractivity varied only as a function of altitude and that there was no ducting. Curves showing the deterioration of range correction with time for selected terminal points were developed by tracing rays at a succession of elevation angles. Thus, for a ground range of 416.7 km and an aircraft at 15.24 km, the standard deviation of the ground-to-plane radio distance 4 hr after a radiosonde ascent is .9 m, increasing to 1.3 m after 8 hr, and 1.6 m after 12 hr.