C4iSR & Missions Systems

US Navy developing ionosphere forecasting capability

18 April 2017

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is set to conduct experiments later this year that are designed to help develop the ability to more accurately predict the condition of the ionosphere in order to enable undisrupted communications between satellites and the ground.

NRL is trying to create a real forecasting tool for the ionosphere Dr Christoph Englert, head of the Geospace Science and Technology Branch in NRL's Space Science Division, recently told Jane's . The ionosphere is the electrically charged region between 90 and 500 km above the earth. At this altitude, solar radiation strips electrons from molecules creating ions and free electrons that affect radio communications.

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