MABEL, the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental LiDAR, recently completed a mission based out of Fairbanks, Alaska, on the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft, to gather data from sea ice in the Arctic during the summer.
MABEL is a laser altimeter, measuring the elevation of glaciers, sea ice, forests and other topography, used as test and simulation instrument for the future ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2) mission. Also, it enables scientists to develop algorithms and software to analyze the data from the satellite.
Sigma Space provided mechanical, optomechanical and electrical engineering, including design and fabrication of MABEL’s thermal system and timing electronics, and deployed personnel on the MABEL field campaigns to operate the instrument. Eugenia De Marco and Dan Reed (pictured above) served as Systems Engineer and Software Specialist for the Alaska MABEL mission.
Click here to read more about the mission.
(Photo credit: Kate Ramsayer/NASA)
Lanham, August 2014