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ATLID: atmospheric lidar for clouds and aerosol observation combined with radar sounding
Author(s): Th. Pain; Ph. Martimort; Ph. Tanguy; W. Leibrandt; A. Heliere

Paper Abstract

The atmospheric lidar ATLID is part of the payload of the joint collaborative satellite mission Earth Cloud and Aerosol Explorer (EarthCARE) conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (JAXA).

In December 2002, ESA granted Alcatel Space with a phase A study of the EarthCARE mission in which Alcatel Space is also in charge to define ATLID.

The primary objective of ATLID at the horizon 2011 is to provide global observation of clouds in synergy with a cloud profiling radar (CPR) mounted on the same platform. The planned spaceborne mission also embarks an imager and a radiometer and shall fly for 3 years.

The lidar design is based on a novel concept that maximises the scientific return and fosters a cost-effective approach. This improved capability results from a better understanding of the way optical characteristics of aerosol and clouds affect the performance budget.

For that purpose, an end to end performance model has been developed utilising a versatile data retrieval method suitable for new and more conventional approaches. A synthesis of the achievable performance will be presented to illustrate the potential of the system together with a description of the design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 1056803 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307978
Show Author Affiliations
Th. Pain, Alcatel Space (France)
Ph. Martimort, Alcatel Space (France)
Ph. Tanguy, Alcatel Space (France)
W. Leibrandt, ESA/ESTEC (Netherlands)
A. Heliere, ESA/ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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