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CALIPSO: lidar and wide-field camera performance
Author(s): Carl Weimer; Ron Schwiesow; Mark LaPole
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Paper Abstract

The CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) mission is designed to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget. Three instruments and their infrastructure make up the payload. They are a two-wavelength, polarization-sensitive lidar, a wide-field camera (WFC) operating at 645 nm, and a three-channel, infrared (IR), imaging radiometer (IIR) built by Sodern in France. The lidar is a follow-on to the short-duration LITE mission that flew on the shuttle.1 The lidar and WFC, built by Ball Aerospace under contract to NASA Langley Research Center, has completed its environmental and performance testing and is being integrated to the spacecraft in preparation for an April 2005 launch. This paper gives an overview of the testing and performance of this payload while being built and integrated at Ball Aerospace.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5542, Earth Observing Systems IX, (26 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561613
Show Author Affiliations
Carl Weimer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Ron Schwiesow, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Mark LaPole, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5542:
Earth Observing Systems IX
William L. Barnes; James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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