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Laser transceivers for future NASA missions
Author(s): Michael A. Krainak; James B. Abshire; Jordan Camp; Jeffrey R. Chen; Barry Coyle; Steven X. Li; Kenji Numata; Haris Riris; Mark A. Stephen; Paul Stysley; Guangning Yang; Anthony W. Yu
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Paper Abstract

NASA is currently developing several Earth science laser missions that were recommended by the US National Research Council (NRC) Earth Science Decadal Report. The Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will carry the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) is scheduled for launch in 2016. The Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons (ASCENDS) mission and will measure column atmospheric CO2 concentrations from space globally. The Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On (GRACEFO) and GRACE-2 missions measure the spatially resolved seasonal variability in the Earth's gravitational field. The objective of the Lidar Surface Topography (LIST) mission is to globally map the topography of the Earth's solid surface with 5 m spatial resolution and 10 cm vertical precision, as well as the height of overlying covers of vegetation, water, snow, and ice. This paper gives an overview of the laser transmitter and receiver approaches and technologies for several future missions that are being investigated by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8381, Laser Technology for Defense and Security VIII, 83810Y (7 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920783
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Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James B. Abshire, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jordan Camp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Chen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Barry Coyle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven X. Li, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenji Numata, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Haris Riris, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul Stysley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Guangning Yang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8381:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security VIII
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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