Remote laser sensing of the Earth from space. I. The russian spaceborne BALKAN lidar

1Zuev, VE, 1Balin, Yu.S, 2Tikhomirov, AA, 3Znamenskii, IV, 4Mel'nikov, VE
1V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk, Russia
2Technological Design Institute of Scientific Instrument Engineering, Tomsk, Russia
3Open Joint Stock Company "Scientific-Research Institute of Space Device Engineering", Moscow, Russia
4S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Moscow Region, Russia
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 1997, 3 ;(1):16–25
Section: Study of the Earth from Space
Publication Language: Russian
Description of the first Russian spaceborne single-frequency aerosol lidar BALKAN is presented. The lidar is designed for investigations of clouds and Earth's surface from the orbiting station "Mir". Comparison is made of performance parameters of the Russian lidar BALKAN and the american LITE and Russian-French lidar ALISSA.
Keywords: laser probing, LIDAR, remote sensing
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