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.More »
Modeling could aid in analysis of atmospheric composition and dynamics
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, Maryland|
The purpose of the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program is to support new technology development and to address scientific challenges. Each year, Principal Investigators (PIs) submit IRAD proposals and compete for funding for their development projects. Goddard’s IRAD program supports eight Lines of Business: Astrophysics; Communications and Navigation; Cross-Cutting Technology and Capabilities; Earth Science; Heliophysics; Planetary Science; Science Small Satellites Technology; and Suborbital Platforms and Range Services.
Task progress is evaluated twice a year at the Mid-term IRAD review and the end of the year. When the funding period has ended, the PIs compete again for IRAD funding or seek new sources of development and research funding or agree to external partnerships and collaborations. In some cases, when the development work has reached the appropriate Technology Readiness Level (TRL) level, the product is integrated into an actual NASA mission or used to support other government agencies. The technology may also be licensed out to the industry.
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