Semi-empirical thermosphere model evaluation at low altitude with GOCE densities

Sean Bruinsma, Daniel Arnold, Adrian Jäggi, Noelia Sánchez-Ortiz
2017 Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate  
The COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere (CIRA) thermosphere specification models JB2008, NRLMSISE-00 and DTM2013 are used in satellite aerodynamic drag calculations. Their accuracies at low (120-300 km) as well as high (800 km) LEO altitudes presently are not well documented due to the sparseness of high-resolution and high-accuracy density observations. A relatively new density dataset allows model evaluation for low LEO altitudes.
doi:10.1051/swsc/2017003 fatcat:g6ktjmil7nhedjdytrpj52nkmy