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In space performance of the lunar orbiter laser altimeter (LOLA) laser transmitter
Author(s): Anthony W. Yu; George B Shaw; Ann Marie Novo-Gradac; Steven X. Li; John Cavanaugh
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present the final configuration of the space flight laser transmitter as delivered to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument along with some in-space operation performance data. The LOLA instrument is designed to map the lunar surface and provide unprecedented data products in anticipation of future manned flight missions. The laser transmitter has been operating on orbit at the Moon continuously since July 2009 and accumulated over 1.8 billion laser shots in space. The LOLA laser transmitter design has heritage dated back to the MOLA laser transmitter launched more than 10 years ago and incorporates lessons learned from previous laser altimeter missions at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2011
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8182, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VII, 818208 (30 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898546
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
George B Shaw, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ann Marie Novo-Gradac, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Steven X. Li, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Cavanaugh, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8182:
Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VII
Upendra N. Singh; Gelsomina Pappalardo, Editor(s)

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