LIDAR SUPPORT FOR THE LACATE BALLOON EXPERIMENT

This report presents LIDAR data taken on the morning of May 5, 1974, at San Angelo, Texas, in support of the LACATE balloon test. The balloon test is intended to be a precursor to a satellite flight of the LACATE instrument on board NIMBUS G. To measure the degree of success of the balloon package in measuring, remotely, the stratospheric temperature and other pollutant concentrations, it is desirable to have direct, in situ, or other remote sensing measures of these same quantities. The purpose of the LIDAR measurements is threefold. First, LIDAR detection of particulate backscatter profiles may be intercompared with background horizon radiances from a radiometer channel centered at 10.8 micrometers. Secondly, the LIDAR data is a more continuous indicator of stratosphere aerosol loading and can be used to verify data objective is an expected comparison of aerosol profiles with those inferred from limb extinction data gathered with another instrument, the SAM II photometer. However, this latter experiment failed after launch. In Section II, a discussion of a calibration between the LIDAR and a University of Wyoming dustsonde which was launched in May 1974 is presented.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Langley Research Center

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hampton, VA  United States  23665

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Remsberg, E E
    • Northam, G B
    • Fuller, WHJ
    • McCormick, M P
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

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  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092395
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., 18
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM