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NASA's program in lidar remote sensing
Author(s): John S. Theon; William W. Vaughan; Edward V. Browell; William D. Jones; Michael P. McCormick; Samuel Harvey Melfi; Robert T. Menzies; Geary K. Schwemmer; James D. Spinhirne
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Paper Abstract

Until a few years ago, virtually all NASA''s remote sensing was done passively. NASA is now working to develop active remote sensing systems, making use of the very rapid advances occurring in laser and radar technology. To be deployed in the difficult space environment, laser instruments must be rugged enough to withstand vibrations and cold while being able to operate automatically without retuning or realigning the instrument by hand. This paper describes several major NASA research efforts in lidar remote sensing, including hardware and key sensor issues, along with results and expectations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 1492, Earth and Atmospheric Remote Sensing, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45829
Show Author Affiliations
John S. Theon, NASA Headquarters (United States)
William W. Vaughan, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Edward V. Browell, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
William D. Jones, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael P. McCormick, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Samuel Harvey Melfi, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert T. Menzies, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Geary K. Schwemmer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James D. Spinhirne, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1492:
Earth and Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Robert J. Curran; James Alan Smith; Ken Watson, Editor(s)

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