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Laser technology developments in support of ESA's earth observation missions
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Paper Abstract

Within the context of ESA's Living Planet Programme, the European Space Agency has selected three missions embarking lidar instruments: ADM-Aeolus (Atmospheric Dynamics Mission) planed for launch in 2009 with a Doppler Wind Lidar, ALADIN, as unique payload; EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols, and Radiation Explorer) planed for launch in 2013 including an ATmospheric backscatter LIDar (ATLID); at last, A-SCOPE (Advanced Space Carbon and Climate Observation of Planet Earth), candidate for the 7th Earth Explorer, relying on a CO2 Total Column Differential Absorption Lidar. To mitigate the technical risks for selected missions associated with the different sorts of lidar, ESA has undertaken critical technology developments, from the transmitter to the receiver and covering both components and sub-systems development and characterization. The purpose of this paper is to present the latest results obtained in the area of laser technology that are currently ongoing in support to EarthCARE, A-SCOPE and ADM-Aeolus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6871, Solid State Lasers XVII: Technology and Devices, 68710G (5 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779828
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Durand, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
J.-L. Bézy, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
R. Meynart, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6871:
Solid State Lasers XVII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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