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World View and Ball Aerospace Demonstrate Persistent Remote Sensing from Stratollite Platform
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LIDAR/LADAR laser remote sensing technology works best when you don’t have to wait for the data. Our LIDAR data is available in real-time and we’re developing LIDAR technology for new science, tactical and commercial applications.
Our LIDAR technology has been used on heritage programs like CALIPSO and now on new technologies that enable new scientific discoveries.
Ever wondered how clouds, winds and aerosols interact? We’re helping to find out by extending the LIDAR tech we’ve been developing since 2002. Our Optical Autocovariance Wind LIDAR (OAWL) has flown on NASA-sponsored test flights to push the system closer to a space-based mission. A current NASA-funded R& D contract is helping us build on those capabilities by providing simultaneous measurement of winds and aerosol properties.
The High-spectral Resolution LIDAR for Aerosols Winds and Clouds using OAWL (HAWC-OAWL) measures two different components of vector wind fields by using two lasers and two telescopes pointing in two directions at the same time. The system is designed to fly on NASA aircraft to provide NASA scientists with wind and aerosol data to study the impacts of aerosol (including pollution, dust, and smoke transport), on the Earth's energy and water cycles, air quality and climate.
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Another new LIDAR technology we’re working on has the potential to vastly improve the quality and quantity of data from Earth science satellites that look at clouds, water and the atmosphere. Called LOAMS (LIDAR Orbital Angular Momentum Sensor), it will be a new LIDAR system that will see the unique angular momentum effects of light beams as they hit and interact with particles and molecules in the atmosphere. LOAMS is funded through a NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) grant and the NASA Earth Science Technology Office.
When you want to see exactly what’s going on in a battlespace or enemy area, we provide real-time 3D Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems for tactical military and intelligence/surveillance missions. Our TotalSight Flash LIDAR gives you data in real-time. No more waiting in the dark.
You enjoy a full-motion 3-D imaging system that gives you “total sight” of the operational area of regard. Because our systems fuse and downlink multi-spectral video in real time with 3-D LIDAR data, you get unsurpassed informational awareness. Any of our systems can be tailored to satisfy a wide range of mission objectives and customized for a variety of platforms.
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Our 3-D Flash Lidar can deliver real-time data for situational awareness, disaster response, battlefield characterization and more.
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This space-based LIDAR instrument has delivered great science & value.
We provide space platforms and tailor LIDARs for a variety of tactical platforms.
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