Abstract

A detailed computer simulation of the Windsat global wind measuring process has been developed and used to establish error limits as a function of design parameters. Studies were conducted for a Windsat research system in a 300- and an 800-km orbit. Wind measuring errors were <2 m sec−1 in the troposphere for the recommended set of parameters. Our study results indicate the feasibility of measuring global winds from a space platform using a coherent laser radar.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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