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Laser remote sensing opportunities in planetary science
Author(s): Jonathan A. R. Rall
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Paper Abstract

The Planetary Science Division (PSD) within NASA Headquarters' Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has several Research & Analysis (R&A) programs that support the definition and development of instrumentation for science investigations of all bodies in the solar system. These programs are part of the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2008 and can be found at http://nspires.nasaprs.com com. Science instrumentation of interest to the Planetary Science Division includes remote sensors as well as in situ sensors and laser-based instruments are well suited for both scenarios. The programs that support hardware development include the Planetary Instrument Definition & Development Program (PIDDP), the Astrobiology Science & Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program, the Astrobiology Science & Technology for exploring Planets (ASTEP) program, and the Mars Technology Project/Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP). PIDDP has been expanding over the last two years to cover advanced instrument development with Technology Readiness Levels up to TRL 6. Beyond these R&A elements, a new Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON) will provide resources to further develop science instrumentation for flights of opportunity aboard non-NASA missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7111, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IV, 711109 (15 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.800178
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Jonathan A. R. Rall, NASA Headquarters (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7111:
Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IV
Upendra N. Singh; Gelsomina Pappalardo, Editor(s)

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