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Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: Experiment summary after the first year of global mapping of Mars
The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), an instrument on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, has measured the topography, surface roughness, and 1.064-μm reflectivity of Mars and the heights ofExpand
Initial observations from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)
As of June 19, 2010, the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, an instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, has collected over 2.0 × 10^9 measurements of elevation that collectively represent theExpand
Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) on the ICESat Mission: On‐orbit measurement performance
[1] The GLAS instrument on NASA's ICESat satellite has made over 904 million measurements of the Earth surface and atmosphere through June 2005. During its first seven operational campaigns it hasExpand
Gaussian approximation versus nearly exact performance analysis of optical communication systems with PPM signaling and APD receivers
Comparison revealed that modeling the APD output as a Gaussian process under conditions of negligible background radiation and low APD bulk leakage currents leads to substantial underestimates of optimal APD gain and overestimates of system bit error probability. Expand
The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter Investigation on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) is an instrument on the payload of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft (LRO) (Chin et al., in Space Sci. Rev. 129:391–419, 2007). The instrument isExpand
The Mercury Laser Altimeter Instrument for the MESSENGER Mission
Abstract The Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) is one of the payload science instruments on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission, which launched on AugustExpand
Two-Way Laser Link over Interplanetary Distance
This experiment established a new distance record for laser detection and accomplished a two-way laser link at an interplanetary distance. Expand
Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter pulse width measurements and footprint-scale roughness
The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) measured the pulse width and energy of altimetric laser returns during the course of two Mars years of operations. As secondary science objectives, MOLAExpand
HgCdTe e-APD detector arrays with single photon sensitivity for space lidar applications
A multi-element HgCdTe electron initiated avalanche photodiode (e-APD) array has been developed for space lidar. The detector array was fabricated with 4.3μm cutoff HgCdTe with a spectral responseExpand
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Laser Ranging Investigation
The objective of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Laser Ranging (LR) system is to collect precise measurements of range that allow the spacecraft to achieve its requirement for precision orbitExpand