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Space-Based Lidar SystemsAn overview of space-based lidar systems is presented. from the first laser altimeter on APOLLO 15 mission in 1971 to the Mercury Laser Altimeter on MESSENGER mission currently in orbit, and those currently under development. Lidar, which stands for Light Detection And Ranging, is a powerful tool in remote sensing from space. Compared to radars, lidars operate at a much shorter wavelength with a much narrower beam and much smaller transmitter and receiver. Compared to passive remote sensing instruments. lidars carry their own light sources and can continue measuring day and night. and over polar regions. There are mainly two types of lidars depending on the types of measurements. lidars that are designed to measure the distance and properties of hard targets are often called laser rangers or laser altimeters. They are used to obtain the surface elevation and global shape of a planet from the laser pulse time-of-night and the spacecraft orbit position. lidars that are designed to measure the backscattering and absorption of a volume scatter, such as clouds and aerosols, are often just called lidars and categorized by their measurements. such as cloud and aerosol lidar, wind lidar, CO2 lidar, and so on. The advantages of space-based lidar systems over ground based lidars are the abilities of global coverage and continuous measurements.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sun, Xiaoli
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2013
Publication Date
May 6, 2012
Subject Category
Communications And Radar
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2nd Conference of Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
Location: San Jose, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: May 6, 2012
End Date: May 11, 2012
Sponsors: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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