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Spaceborne photon-counting altimeter
Author(s): Ivan Prochazka; Karel Hamal; Lukas Kral
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Paper Abstract

We are presenting preliminary results of the development of the Technology Demonstrator of the photon counting laser altimeter for planetary studies. This device is expected to be a universal instrument applicable in various space missions. The device should provide altimetry and surface radiometry in the range of 400 to 1400 km with one meter range resolution under rough conditions - Sun illumination, space radiation, etc. The Technology Demonstrator is the modular test equipment dedicated to test individual critical components, concepts and technologies: the laser source, the photon counting detector and its electronics. The concept and techniques to be investigated are: the energy budget of the altimeter, range resolution, the signal to noise ratio under various background light conditions, photon counting data acquisition, signal mining and processing techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5575, Laser Radar Techniques for Atmospheric Sensing, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565574
Show Author Affiliations
Ivan Prochazka, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Karel Hamal, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Lukas Kral, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5575:
Laser Radar Techniques for Atmospheric Sensing
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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