LITE Level 1A
Entry Title: Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) L1

Entry ID: LITE_L1_1

LITE_L1 data are LIDAR Vertical profile data along the orbital flight path of STS-64.Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) used a three-wavelength (355 nm, 532 nm and 1064 nm) backscatter lidar which flew on the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-64 mission between September 9 and September 20, 1994. The LITE instrument was designed with the capability to make measurements of clouds, aerosols in the stratosphere and troposphere, the height of the planetary boundary layer, and atmospheric temperature and density in the stratosphere between 25 km and 40 km altitude. Additionally, limited measurements of the surface return strength over both land and ocean were collected to explore retrievals of surface properties.The LITE data were transmitted real time the by Ku-band system through TDRSS downlink to the LITE operations center at JSC. There was a gap in the high-rate coverage between 60 E and 85 E due to the zone of exclusion, where neither TDRSS satellite was in view. Additional random gaps in the data occurred due to telemetry dropouts during data transmission.The LITE L1 data product was formed by processing and reformatting the LITE high-rate telemetry data. The LITE L1 processing steps included:Correcting the profiles for instrument artifacts. Subtracting the DC offset from each lidar profile. Interpolating lidar profiles to a geolocated, common altitude grid, which extends from -4.985 to 40.0 km with a 15 m vertical resolution. Determining the LITE system calibration constants for the 355 nm and 532 nm wavelength profiles.Merged with the LITE L1 lidar profiles are: Identification Parameters, Time Parameters, Location Parameters, Operation Mode Parameters, Validity Flags, Measurement Location Descriptions, Temperature and Pressure Profiles Derived from NMC Data, Instrument Status Information.The archived files are concatenations of about 1000 (depending on data gaps) sets of headers and profiles. Read software programs written in C or IDL are available.


From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • Cloud Backscatter
  • Lidar Relative Backscatter
Data Distribution

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Spatial Information

Spatial Coverage: (S: -60, N: 60), (W: -180, E: 180)
Spatial Coverage Type: Not provided
Vertical Resolution Range: 10 meters - < 30 meters
Vertical Resolution: 15 m (approximate)
Coordinate System: Geodetic
Granule Spatial Representation: Geodetic

Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 1994-09-10 - 1994-09-19
Temporal Resolution: 0.1 second

Space Stations/Crewed Spacecraft
Space Transport System STS-64
Light Detection and Ranging
Metadata Dates

Created on 1999-06-16
Last updated on 2022-10-25