(U) Build and demonstrate airborne and space-based light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems for chemical detection and
(U) The program demonstrated lidar detection to ranges of 21.3km from 10,000 ft altitude from atop Mt Haleakala. The next step is to use an existing lidar system to detect WMD at 20km from an airborne platform(ARGUS C-135), then demonstrate an improvement in range with a more powerful lidar. As lidar technology and pointing and tracking progress we will package the system for UAV and satellite missions.
(U) The low-power N-ABLE airborne lidar system is complete. Airborne field tests started in October 1996. The moderate power
LARS system is nearing completion, with airborne field tests schedule to start in January 1997.
(U) Performance Improvement: Currently no capability to do long range detection of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), IFF,
counterproliferation, or finding scuds.
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(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 808-6040, DSN 898-6040.
(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 23 June 2001