ATMospheric and Orbital Survey
A series of probes to explore the upper atmosphere and the realm just beyond the Kerman Line.
Boasting an impressive 100% sucess rate, this series of probes sought to return data about the very edge of Kerbin’s atmosphere. ATMOS 1, 3, 4, 5 were suborbital flights collecting data from various altitudes while ATMOS 2 was placed in a very low orbit to investigate conditions just above the outer reaches of our atmosphere.
In addition to the active sensors and transmitter the probes spherical design allows R&D and Tracking Station personnel to track the satellite monitoring the drag effects of our atmosphere on the probe regardless of aspect.
…the probes spherical design allows … monitoring the drag effects of our atmosphere.
Through this, Doctor Norm Kerman has been able to declare 70km above sea level to be the definitive limit of Kerbin’s atmosphere – the so called “Kerman Line”.