IN ATTEMPTING TO DESCRIBE the present status of instrumentation in “space physics” one is faced with the problem of defining terms. Space physics may be interpreted broadly to include (1) all experimental areas of physics in which the use of balloons, rockets, satellites, or space probes offer some advantage, and (2) ground based measurements of “space” phenomena. In category 1 are included all the in situ measurements of the environment (from the atmosphere to interplanetary space) as well as some areas of astronomy, astrophysics, lunar and planetary physics, geodesy, and meteorology. Examples of measurements in category 2 are solar and magnetic observatory measurements, ionospheric studies using radio propagation characteristics, auroral observations, etc. Clearly, a listing of the disciplines that might be considered part of space physics would be quite long and each of these areas uses a specialized and complex set of instrumentation that is worthy of detailed description.
Instrumentation for space physics
Carl O. Bostrom, George H. Ludwig; Instrumentation for space physics. Physics Today 1 July 1966; 19 (7): 43–56. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3048391
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