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Developing of a Sodium Lidar for Sapceborne Missions Project

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Project Introduction

The Development of a Sodium Lidar for Spaceborne Missions is a development project to build a narrow linewidth, tunable laser transmitter.  It will utilize a modeling approach to perform key measurements of the Earth's mesophere.


The Development of a Sodium Lidar for Spaceborne Missions project is a demonstration of Na LIDaR technology to provide key measurements that elucidate the complex relation between the chemisty and dynamics of the Earth's mesosphere.  The Earth's mesosphere lies 40 to 110 miles above the Earth's surface.   This modeling of the complex relationship is essential for weather and climate prediction in the lower atmosphere.

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