NASA Plans High Altitude East Coast LiDAR Mission

NASA has moved one of their high altitude aircraft to the east coast of the U.S. to support a LiDAR research project that will extend from Maine to Florida. Using the ER-2, which is a variation of the U-2 spy plane as the platform, they will deploy the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) and the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar (MABEL)  to probe clouds, aerosol vapor plumes, sea ice, and vegetation.

These sensors are being developed for deployment on satellites and the International Space Station. Thanks to Bill Gutelius for the link.

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