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The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the 2nd-generation of the orbiting laser altimeter ICESat.

NASA's ATLAS Thermal Testing: You're Hot, Then You're Cold

Once in orbit, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 will go from basking in the heat of the sun to freezing in Earth's shadow every 90 minutes. And every second in that orbit, it will need to take thousands of precise measurements of the height of the surface below. Click here to read more!

See ICESat-2 on Hulu!

ICESat-2 is one of the satellites featured on Xploration Outer Space - Satellites. Click here to watch.

Xploration Outer Space

ICESat-2 Laser Focus

ICESat-2's instrument - ATLAS - is designed to measure heights on Earth. ATLAS has three main tasks: transmitting a pattern of six laser beams, collecting the laser photons that return to the satellite after reflecting off Earth, and recording the travel time of those photons. First up - transmitting the laser. In this video, optical engineer Tyler Evans illustrates how the laser is transmitted from the ATLAS instrument to the ground. Click here to watch.

ICESat-2 Laser Focus

See the New ICESat-2 Beauty Shot!

ICESat-2 Laser FocusClick here to view.

Applications Announcements

2nd ICESat-2 Applications Workshop announced for March 10 & 11, 2015 at Goddard Visitor Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Read more here.

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The 2015 ICESat-2 Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

Due to new FAA regulations, NASA's ICESat-2 team has been restructuring the format of the 2015 ICESat-2 Hexacopter Engineering Challenge. Currently, the competition is on hold while this restructuring takes place. The competition will be slightly delayed, approximately a month, and application submissions will be re-opened shortly. The date for applications will also be pushed back. Please stay tuned to this page for new updates coming soon.

Please contact Brian Campbell, with any comments or questions.

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Credits: Satellite image courtesy of Orbital
Earth image illustrating AMSR-E sea ice courtesy of the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

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