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.
2nd ICESat-2 Applications Workshop announced for March 10 & 11, 2015
at Goddard Visitor Center, 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.