Systems Engineering Seminar

ATLAS Rise! The Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) for the Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2):
Development, Challenges, Launch and Early Operations

Presented by:
John Cavanaugh,
Code 592

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 1:00pm
Building 3 Auditorium


Conceived in response to the 2007 Earth Science Decadal Survey, ATLAS/ICESat-2 has emerged from a protracted development cycle to launch in September 2018. Having successfully completed its 60-day commissioning phase, the observatory is already producing some exciting results.


John Cavanaugh received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1988 and has worked for NASA since 1983, primarily on laser instruments for remote sensing. He has worked on several ground-based, airborne, and space-based laser instruments, most notably the Mars Observer Laser Altimeter (MOLA-1), the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA-2), Shuttle Laser Altimeters (SLA-01 & -02), the Mercury Laser Altimeter for the MESSENGER mission (MLA), the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter on LRO (LOLA), the Cloud and Aerosol Transport System for the International Space Station (CATS-ISS), and most recently the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System for the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ATLAS/ICESat-2).


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