National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

ICESat-2 banner

ICESat-2

ICESat-2

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

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

Save the Date! 2nd ICESat-2 Applications Workshop planned for March 10 & 11, 2015 at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Read more here.

ICESat-2 patch

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, Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov with any comments or questions.

Latest satellite image (Click to enlarge)
ICESat-2 image

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

Follow me!

Facebook logo Flickr logo YouTube logo

l