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High-altitude balloon-based wind LIDAR demonstration: from near space to space
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Paper Abstract

A near space, high-altitude balloon mission (BalloonWinds) is planned to demonstrate the performance of a direct detection wind LIDAR instrument. The program is a NOAA-funded initiative to demonstrate direct detection, fringe imaging Doppler Wind LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. BalloonWinds will involve a series of high altitude missions (~30km), each lasting 8-10 hours, scheduled for launch in 2006 to validate wind LIDAR technology from a near space platform. With the promise of responsive, affordable launch vehicles and near space platforms, there is an opportunity to demonstrate launch-on-demand capability of low-cost instruments that can provide regional or global wind data. It has been well established that direct measurement of winds will improve weather forecasting accuracy and hurricane landfall prediction and would provide benefits to government agencies and the public at large. An overview of the BalloonWinds instrument design and near space flight plan is presented in this paper as well as a concept design for a low-cost, 6-12 month space mission. Instrument performance simulations are used to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the low-cost approach for global wind sounding compared to traditional mission concepts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200P (6 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669262
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Michael T. Dehring, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Peter Tchoryk, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Jinxue Wang, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6220:
Spaceborne Sensors III
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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