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Global Wind Monitoring By Satellite-Borne Coherent Lidar
Author(s): R. M. Huffaker; T. R. Lawrence; P. A. Mandics; F. F. Hall
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Paper Abstract

We have analyzed the feasibility of measuring the global wind field from orbital altitudes to 800 km using a coherent infrared lidar. A one-meter diameter telescope is assumed on the satellite, collimating the 10 J pulses that are 3-7 µs is in duration from a CO2 TEA isotope gas laser. The lidar scans in a conical pattern around the nadir point in 11 s while pulsing at an average rate of 8 Hz. A comprehensive computer simulation that includes lidar, platform, and processor characteristics and atmospheric effects indicates that it should be possible to measure global winds at 1 km height intervals throughout the troposphere with an accuracy of 1-2 m s-1, so long as dense clouds do not obstruct the line of sight. A conceptual design for a Space Shuttle feasibility demonstration lidar has been completed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1979
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0183, Space Optics II, (27 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957424
Show Author Affiliations
R. M. Huffaker, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
T. R. Lawrence, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
P. A. Mandics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
F. F. Hall, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0183:
Space Optics II
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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