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Field Demonstration of the Ground to Space Laser Calibration: Illumination of NASA’s Earth Observing Sensors

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Field Demonstration of the Ground to Space Laser Calibration: Illumination of NASA’s Earth Observing Sensors
We will capitalize on a NASA-NIST partnership to conduct a test illumination of an existing radiometric sensor on orbit. This preliminary demonstration would target the CubeSat Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) due to launch in 2017. Results from these initial tests will guide development plans for a future field deployable prototype. Design to incorporate an advanced monitoring system capable of continually measuring key laser beam characteristics and allow for transmission of multiple wavelengths and controlled beam polarization. More »

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