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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Next Generation Laser for Vegetation Canopy and Cryosphere Altimetry Missions

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Proposed breadboard layout of the Next Generation Laser for Vegetation Canopy and Cryosphere Altimetry Missions

To answer calls for vegetation canopy and cryosphere lidar instrument including but not limited to Canopy Height and Glacier Elevation (CHANGE)  and Global Ecosystems Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) 2, we propose to design and build a next generation laser transmitter architecture. In this proposal we will develop a bread board demonstration 1064 nm, 5 ns, 10 mJ laser that will be used to study mission requirement margins in a laboratory environment. This laser will use the highly successful design elements from the GEDI Laser  and update the architecture to achieve mission requirements. 

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