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9 December 1994 Lidar BALKAN-2 for the space platform ALMAZ-1B
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A number of automatic satellites are used for remote sensing of the Earth's surface and the atmosphere. Such space platforms have a main role in monitoring of the planet. Therefore, the developmentof spaceborne lidars for automatic space platforms is expedient. In Russia, the largest space platform was launched twice, first as the satellite "KOSMOS-1870" (1987) and second as the stationi 'ALMAZ-l" (1990). A number of instruments, including radars, rediometers, spectral optoelectronic devices were installed onboard this platform. All of them are very essential and effective for remote sensing of the Earth's surface. At present the work is underway on extension of the capabilities of the platform to improve its parameters and to increase the number of employed hardware intended, first of all, for remote sensing of the atmosphere and ocean surface. The Institute of Atmosperic Optics in collaboration with the Scientific-Production Association "Mashinostroenie" and the Russian Research-Technology Institute of Spaceborne Instrumentation are developing a new spaceborne lidar "BALKAN-2" to install at this platform. In this case the platform itself is known as "ALMAZ-lB" (see Fig. 1) and its improved specifications are the following:
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Gennadii G. Matvienko, Vladimir E. Zuev, Vitalii S. Shamanaev, Grigorii P. Kokhanenko, Alexander M. Sutormin, Arkadii I. Buranskii, Stanislav E. Belousov, and Alexander A. Tikhomirov "Lidar BALKAN-2 for the space platform ALMAZ-1B", Proc. SPIE 2310, Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing, (9 December 1994);

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