Modeling laser altimeter
return waveforms over complex vegetation using high-resolution elevation data.
The laser altimeter
is extremely important to our understanding of the geological and physical processes on Mars," says James Head, a planetary geologist at Brown University in Providence, R.
The laser altimeter
is a pulsed gallium-arsenide diode laser, transmitting and receiving up to 4,000 pulses per second at a wavelength of 0.
A laser altimeter
sends and retrieves pulses of light to measure mountain heights and canyon depths.
The Team is being contracted for the provision of services required to design, test, fabricate, deliver, operate, and evaluate Space Laser Systems for the ICESat-II Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter
System (ATLAS) Instrument for the ICESat-II mission.
Kinney has won numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership and several NASA Group Achievement Awards for projects such as the Keck Observatory Archive and the James Webb Space Telescope, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope) and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter
Researchers on the flights will also be using upgraded technology called the "Airborne Topographic Mapper" a laser altimeter
that can transmit 10,000 pulses every second.
While studying lunar topography derived from the laser altimeter
on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (http://is.
Those data include 4 billion measurements made by the orbiter's laser altimeter
, which allowed scientists to construct an elevation map of the moon's pockmarked surface.
After about one year taking data, we already have nearly 3 billion data points from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter
on board the LRO spacecraft, with near-uniform longitudinal coverage.
These include space-launched laser radar transmitters for several Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") experiments, the Mars Observer Laser Altimeter
(MOLA) transmitter designed to map the surface of Mars, and several military laser rangefinder/target designators and electro-optic countermeasure (EOCM) transmitters.
The main instrument is a laser altimeter
that measures the height of the ice surface.