30 August 2017 Atmospheric characterization on the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility
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Large temperature gradients are a known source of strong atmospheric turbulence conditions. Often times these areas of strong turbulence conditions are also accompanied by conditions that make it difficult to conduct long term optical atmospheric tests. The Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) provides a prime testing environment that is capable of generating strong atmospheric turbulence yet is also easily accessible for well instrumented testing. The Shuttle Landing Facility features a 5000 m long and 91 m wide concrete runway that provides ample space for measurements of atmospheric turbulence as well as the opportunity for large temperature gradients to form as the sun heats the surface. We present the results of a large aperture LED scintillometer, a triple aperture laser scintillometer, and a thermal probe system that were used to calculate a path averaged and a point calculation of Cn2. In addition, we present the results of the Plenoptic Sensor that was used to calculate a path averaged Cn2 value. These measurements were conducted over a multi-day continuous test with supporting atmospheric and weather data provided by the University of Central Florida.
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Jonathan Ko, Jonathan Ko, Joseph Coffaro, Joseph Coffaro, Chensheng Wu, Chensheng Wu, Daniel Paulson, Daniel Paulson, Christopher Davis, Christopher Davis, } "Atmospheric characterization on the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility", Proc. SPIE 10408, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans VI, 104080P (30 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276297; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2276297
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