1 September 2015 Laser transmitter development for NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar
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The Global Ecosystems Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar, to be installed aboard the International Space Station in early 2018, will use 3 NASA laser transmitters to produce 14 parallel tracks of 25 m footprints on the Earth's surface. A global set of systematic canopy measurements will be derived, the most important of which are vegetation canopy top heights and the vertical distribution of canopy structure. Every digitized laser pulse waveform will provide 3-D biomass information for the duration of the mission. A total of 5 GEDI-HOMER lasers are to be built (1 ETU + 3 Flight + 1 spare) in-house at NASA-GSFC, and is based on a well-studied architecture, developed over several years in the Lasers and Electro-Optics Branch.
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D. Barry Coyle, D. Barry Coyle, Paul R. Stysley, Paul R. Stysley, Demetrios Poulios, Demetrios Poulios, Greg B. Clarke, Greg B. Clarke, Richard B. Kay, Richard B. Kay, } "Laser transmitter development for NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar", Proc. SPIE 9612, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XV, 961208 (1 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191569; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2191569
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