National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wallops Flight Facility

The Laser That’s Changing the World

Another recently published book “The Laser that’s Changing the World” by Todd Neff contains very interesting accounts of the history of many lidar instruments, and anecdotes from the early Pulsed Light Airborne Depth Sounder (PLADS) and Airborne Oceanographic Mapper (AOL) eras at Wallops Island. The PLADS and AOL were the predecessor instruments to the current ATM lidar system.