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NASA-LITE: Lidar-In-Space Technology Experiment


The objective of the NASA LITE program was to demonstrate the measurement capabilities of a lidar system in orbit aboard the space shuttle. The experiment was designed to test the feasibility of space-based lidar systems. To validate the LITE measurements, extensive correlative measurements were made from coincident ground- and aircraft-based sensors. As part of this "air truth" measurement program, SSSF Omega dropsondes were periodically deployed from the NASA P3-B aircraft as it flew underneath the shuttle flight track during selected nighttime orbits over the North and South Atlantic Oceans. The dropsonde profiles will provide valuable in-situ atmospheric data to assist in the analysis of the measurements from both the aircraft and spacecraft lidars.


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Datasets from this project

Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1994-09-02 00:00:00
End Date 1994-09-19 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 57.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: -56.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -58.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: 7.00