Lanham MD -- Sigma Space, an aerospace technology company, announces upgrades to its Mini Micro Pulse LiDAR (MiniMPL) unit that provide the ability to capture more laser pulses and more laser returns resulting in increased efficiency and greater granularity. This increased clarity of data allows for a better understanding of the atmosphere and related impacts on the global climate, which in turn adds value to predictive atmospheric models.
The MiniMPL-HD leverages the compact design of the current MiniMPL system. These enhancements not only benefit meteorologists, but researchers and air quality professionals as well, because in addition to the increased captures of the pulses and returns, the range resolution of the unit has doubled to 2.4m, up from 5m. This increased sensitivity to aerosols is extremely valuable for calculating continuous boundary layer height measurements in regions where aerosol loading is typically low.
Real-time integration of radiometric data with the MiniMPL-HD data stream is another important feature. The result is a more complete atmospheric profile that includes moisture and temperature piped in from a radiometer, mixed with highly accurate boundary layer aerosol data.
“Sigma Space is continuing to invest in MPL and MiniMPL,” said Justin Fisher, director – atmospheric lidar products at Sigma Space. “Our goal is to solidify our advantage in sensitivity, and innovate with miniaturization without sacrificing quality.'
About Micro Pulse LiDAR by Sigma Space
Micro Pulse LiDAR (MPL) instruments, designed by Sigma Space, help scientists, meteorologists and air quality professionals monitor aerosols to better understand the structure of our atmosphere. MPL’s long-range capabilities and high quality signal increase efficiency and accuracy of the data capture process for improved atmospheric mapping. Designed for NASA, MPL uses eye safe lasers, precision photon counting, and built-in data analysis to deliver the best signal to noise ratio and thus the most reliable information in category.