Field Deployment & Testing
The S3 Environmental Sensing team has deployed several systems in the field, both airborne and ground.
Airborne Lidar Deployments
The MFLL airborne system has been deployed on 6 different platforms in various configurations. The first deployment was on a Goodyear airship for proof-of-concept of integrated path differential absorption measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2). That system was also deployed on the NASA UC-12, DC-8, and C-130 aircraft for more than a dozen extended flight campaigns, as well as on a Flight International Learjet 25. In addition to CO2, the system has demonstrated pseudo-random noise (PN) altimetry and the first measurements of atmospheric oxygen at 1.26 microns. Another implementation was flown on the Beechcraft B90 operated by Dynamic Aviation for demonstration of multi-pixel, high-resolution terrain mapping. S3 personnel were responsible for the packaging, interfaces, installation, and operations during deployment of these systems.
Ground-Based Lidar Deployments
In addition to evaluation and development testing at our New Haven, Indiana, lidar test range, the S3 team has deployed ground-based gas sensing lidar in various scenarios including portable, multi-day/week experiments and long-term deployments lasting up to a full year. The GreenLITE™ system, MFLL, and the REVEAL system have all been deployed for ground-based campaigns in the U.S. and abroad. Our group has planned and executed these campaigns over a wide range of conditions with varying objectives and has a track record of successful execution.