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ALADIN: the first european lidar in space
Author(s): Didier Morançais; Frédéric Fabre; Marc Schillinger; Jean-Claude Barthès; Martin Endemann; Alain Culoma; Yannig Durand

Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric LAser Doppler INstrument (ALADIN) is the payload of the ESA’s ADMAEOLUS mission, which aims at measuring wind profiles as required by the climatology and meteorology users. ALADIN belongs to a new class of Earth Observation payloads and will be the first European Lidar in space. The instrument comprises a diode-pumped high energy Nd:YAG laser and a direct detection receiver operating on aerosol and molecular backscatter signals in parallel. In addition to the Proto- Flight Model (PFM)., two instrument models are developed: a Pre-development Model (PDM) and an Opto-Structure-Thermal Model (OSTM). The flight instrument design and the industrial team has been finalised and the major equipment are now under development. This paper describes the instrument design and performance as well as the development and verification approach. The main results obtained during the PDM programme are also reported. The ALADIN instrument is developed under prime contractorship from EADS Astrium SAS with a consortium of thirty European companies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 1056802 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307984
Show Author Affiliations
Didier Morançais, EADS Astrium (France)
Frédéric Fabre, EADS Astrium (France)
Marc Schillinger, EADS Astrium (France)
Jean-Claude Barthès, EADS Astrium (France)
Martin Endemann, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Alain Culoma, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Yannig Durand, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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