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

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.

Penguin Naming Contest Winner!

The penguin mascot for NASA's upcoming ICESat-2 mission now has a name! The mission's feathered friend will be called ...
Click here to find out

ICESat-2 penguin

Applications Announcements

Joint Vegetation Tutorial with Landsat 8 Report now available. Read more here.

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MABEL: Welcome to Fairbanks!

The ER-2 Team, along with NASA scientists, engineers, and others, are here in Fairbanks to fly a laser altimeter - MABEL - over melting summer sea ice, glaciers, and more. Follow their adventures here.

MABEL Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

See how NASA Builds a Space Laser!

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box. Learn how ICESat-2's ATLAS instrument is being built here.

ATLAS Image Credit: NASA/
Kate Ramsayer

Check-out our New Videos!

ICESat-2 scan pattern (click to start) (full)
Credit: NASA/GSFC Conceptual Image Lab

NASA Reel Science 2014 Winner

Latest satellite image (Click to enlarge)
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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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