Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology Seminar

Date & Time

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon


POST 601

Speaker:  Upendra N. Singh, NASA Technical Fellow Sensors/Instrumentation. NASA Engineering and Safety Center, NASA Langley Research Center, USA

Title: Active Optical Remote Sensing Sensors and Instrumentations for NASA’s Future Earth Science, Planetary Science and Mars/Lunar Explorations Measurements/Missions

Abstract:  NASA is at fore-front in developing lidar technologies and unique active/passive remote sensing capabilities towards space-based observations for understanding the complexities and interactions among Earth system components. Due to its critical mission needs, where high vertical resolution active optical remote sensors are needed for day and night global measurements, NASA is developing state-of-the art lidar sensor technologies. Out of fourteen missions recommended by 2017 NRC Earth Science Decadal Survey require active optical remote sensing for successful mission implementation. Laser/Lidar is also critical for enabling human-rated EDL capabilities for a crewed Mars mission. Given the cross-cutting synergies in critical Active Optical measurements for NASA Science and Exploration, a strategic approach in needed to identify areas where NASA can lead, leverage and partner with existing national and international capabilities to meet its future needs.

This presentation will focus on efforts being planned to assess the current capabilities of NASA for the Active Optical and identify opportunities and synergies with industry, academia, other government agencies and international partners for NASA to address its critical gap areas and work with external capabilities to meet NASA Science and Exploration future needs for space-based active optical remote sensing applications.