The Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), developed for the 2004 MESSENGER mission to Mercury, is designed to measure the planet’s topography by laser ranging. A description of the MLA optical system and its measured optical performance during instrument-level and spacecraft-level integration and testing are presented.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 25, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2004
Published: March 20, 2005
Luis Ramos-Izquierdo, V. Stanley Scott, Stephen Schmidt, Jamie Britt, William Mamakos, Raymond Trunzo, John Cavanaugh, and Roger Miller, "Optical system design and integration of the Mercury Laser Altimeter," Appl. Opt. 44, 1748-1760 (2005)