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.
Save the Date! 2nd ICESat-2 Applications Workshop planned for March 10 & 11, 2015
at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Read more here.
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, Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov with any comments or questions.