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Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 745-750, 2017
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Research article
15 Dec 2017
Satellite drag effects due to uplifted oxygen neutrals during super magnetic storms
Gurbax S. Lakhina and Bruce T. Tsurutani
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RC3: 'specific comments', Anonymous Referee #3, 14 Sep 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Reply to the comments by the Referees', Gurbax S. Lakhina, 30 Oct 2017 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
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AR by Gurbax S. Lakhina on behalf of the Authors (15 Nov 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (17 Nov 2017) by George Morales  
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Short summary
A preliminary estimate of the drag force per unit mass on typical low-Earth-orbiting satellites moving through the ionosphere during Carrington-type super magnetic storms is calculated by a simple first-order model which takes into account the ion-neutral drag between the upward-moving oxygen ions and O neutral atoms. It is shown that oxygen ions and atoms can be uplifted to 850 km altitude, where they produce about 40 times more satellite drag per unit mass than normal.
A preliminary estimate of the drag force per unit mass on typical low-Earth-orbiting satellites...