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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 23, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1984
  • pp: 2537–2544

Windsat Free-Flyer using the Advanced Tiros-N satellite

Herbert M. Gurk, Paul F. Kaskiewicz, and Wolf P. Altman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 15, pp. 2537-2544 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.23.002537


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Abstract

The feasibility of an effective two-year-minimum operational Windsat lidar mission using a CO2 TEA laser and heterodyne detection on board a (free-flying) modified Advanced Tiros-N (ATN) meteorological satellite is described. The lidar instrument design employed results from the lightweighting of previous designs through the use of current technology and from some projected laser-engineering development. The Windsat system design and mission requirements are described, and the ATN reconfiguration and subsystem modifications are detailed. The weight (without propellant) and the operational power load of the integrated spacecraft are estimated at 1182 kg and 760–790 W, respectively.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 23, 1984
Published: August 1, 1984

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Herbert M. Gurk, Paul F. Kaskiewicz, and Wolf P. Altman, "Windsat Free-Flyer using the Advanced Tiros-N satellite," Appl. Opt. 23, 2537-2544 (1984)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-23-15-2537

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