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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1984
  • pp: 2523–2536

Feasibility studies for a global wind measuring satellite system (Windsat): analysis of simulated performance

R. Milton Huffaker, T. R. Lawrence, Madison J. Post, J. T. Priestley, Freeman F. Hall, Jr., R. A. Richter, and R. J. Keeler  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 15, pp. 2523-2536 (1984)

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A detailed computer simulation of the Windsat global wind measuring process has been developed and used to establish error limits as a function of design parameters. Studies were conducted for a Windsat research system in a 300- and an 800-km orbit. Wind measuring errors were <2 m sec−1 in the troposphere for the recommended set of parameters. Our study results indicate the feasibility of measuring global winds from a space platform using a coherent laser radar.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 25, 1984
Published: August 1, 1984

R. Milton Huffaker, T. R. Lawrence, Madison J. Post, J. T. Priestley, Freeman F. Hall, R. A. Richter, and R. J. Keeler, "Feasibility studies for a global wind measuring satellite system (Windsat): analysis of simulated performance," Appl. Opt. 23, 2523-2536 (1984)

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