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LIDAR technology developments in support of ESA Earth observation missions

Paper Abstract

Critical lidar technology developments have been ongoing at the European Space Agency (ESA) in support of EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols, and Radiation Explorer), the 6th Earth Explorer mission, and A-SCOPE (Advanced Space Carbon and Climate Observation of Planet Earth), one of the candidates for the 7th Earth Explorer mission. EarthCARE is embarking an Atmospheric backscatter Lidar (ATLID) while A-SCOPE is based on a Total Column Differential Absorption Lidar. As EarthCARE phase B has just started, the pre-development activities, aiming at validating the technologies used in the flight design and at verifying the overall instrument performance, are almost completed. On the other hand, A-SCOPE pre-phase A has just finished. Therefore technology developments are in progress, addressing critical subsystems or components with the lowest TRL, selected in the proposed instrument concepts. The activities described in this paper span over a broad range, addressing all critical elements of a lidar from the transmitter to the receiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105661F (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308264
Show Author Affiliations
Yannig Durand, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Jérôme Caron, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Arnaud Hélière, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Jean-Loup Bézy, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Roland Meynart, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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