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Development of a validated end-to-end model for space-based lidar systems
Author(s): Mike Lieber; Carl Weimer; Michelle Stephens; Ray Demara
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Paper Abstract

LIDAR systems are becoming an important tool in many areas of remote data collection. Recently, BATC has applied their integrated modeling toolset, EOSyM (End-to-end Optical System Model), to development of a LIDAR system model. With the recent successful launch and deployment of the Calipso remote sensing instrument, an additional opportunity was present to develop a partially validated model from combined test data and measureables from the flight. The concept was to validate the CALIPSO system model and then use this tool to facilitate the system engineering process for future space-based designs. The system model includes the important physics of a laser, the CALIPSO optical prescription for the transmitter and receiver, thermoelastic disturbances, a simple atmospheric model, detection and signal processing of the data. This paper describes the model development process using EOSyM, some initial results with comparison to flight data and proposed future developments to expand it's use for future missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6681, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VIII, 66810F (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.731277
Show Author Affiliations
Mike Lieber, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Carl Weimer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Michelle Stephens, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Ray Demara, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6681:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VIII
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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