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.
R. Milton Huffaker, T. R. Lawrence, Madison J. Post, J. T. Priestley, Freeman F. Hall, Jr., 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)