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Saturn Radio Occultation Data


Availability: At NSSDC, Ready for Offline Distribution (or Staging if Digital)

Time span: 1981-08-26 to 1981-08-26


These Saturn radio occultation data are on ASCII magnetic tape created on a PRIME computer. The tape contains Saturn entry and exit frequency and amplitude data, and entry and exit trajectory data. Each frequency and amplitude file contains a header with the number of data records in the file; spacecraft ID; entry, exit flag; transmitting and receiving station numbers; communications mode; and frequency bands. The data records contain time in year, day of year, and seconds past midnight; S- and X-band received RF frequency (Hz); and S- and X-band received power (dB). Each trajectory file begins with a header containing number of data records in file; spacecraft ID; entry, exit flag; file ID; transmitting and receiving station numbers; speed of light (km/s); difference between Ephemeris Time and Universal Time (s); and approximate one way light time (s). Each trajectory data record contains spacecraft event ephemeris time (seconds past 1950); occulting body to spacecraft distance and velocity, earth distance and velocity, and sun distance and velocity.

Alternate Names

  • Radio Occultation Data, Saturn


  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres
  • Planetary Science: Small Bodies
  • Planetary Science: Celestial Mechanics


  • 77-076A-02C

Additional Information



Questions and comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II



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