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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 745-750, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-745-2017
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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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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.
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