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Spaceflight laser development for future remote sensing applications
Author(s): Anthony W. Yu; Michael A. Krainak; Mark A. Stephen; James B. Abshire; David J. Harding; Haris Riris; Steven X. Li; Jeffrey R. Chen; Graham R. Allan; Kenji Numata; Stewart T. Wu; Jordan B. Camp
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Paper Abstract

At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center we are developing next generation laser transmitters for future spaceflight, remote instruments including a micropulse altimeter for ice-sheet and sea ice monitoring, laser spectroscopic measurements of atmospheric CO2 and an imaging lidar for high resolution mapping of the Earth's surface. These laser transmitters also have applicability to potential missions to other solar-system bodies for trace gas measurements and surface mapping. In this paper we review NASA spaceflight laser transmitters used to acquire measurements in orbit around Mars, Mercury, Earth and the Moon. We then present an overview of our current spaceflight laser programs and describe their intended uses for remote sensing science and exploration applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8182, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VII, 818204 (30 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898547
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Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James B. Abshire, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David J. Harding, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Haris Riris, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven X. Li, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Chen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Graham R. Allan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenji Numata, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stewart T. Wu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jordan B. Camp, 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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