Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Space Science


Physical Sciences

Committee Chair

Dr. Peter Erdman

Committee Member

Dr. John Olivera

Committee Member

Dr. Gulamabas Sivjee

Committee Member

Dr. Irfan Azeem

Committee Member

Dr. James Wanliss


In order to broaden current knowledge of a particular vehicle induced atmospheric glow, a modified Ebert-Fastie Spectrograph was designed and built at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for rocket borne observations of this glow. This instrument became a piggy-back payload on the Terrier-Orion SAMPLER 41.025 rocket payload launched from White Sands Missile Range in July, 2003. A photodiode detector array measured the mesospheric hydroxyl airglow emissions during the initial ascent as well as the vehicle induced glow through the mesopause at eight discreet bandpasses. Data collected shows moderate agreement with previous measurements by Murtagh et al. [1997] and Lopez-Moreno et al. [1985] over similar wavelengths. With this data we attempt to show some correlations between the hydroxyl airglow and the vehicle induced glow.