Vol. 8, issue 12, article # 1

Zuev V.E., Balin Yu.S., Zuev V.V., Matvienko G.G., Tikhomirov A.A. State of the art and prospects for the development of the BALKAN series spaceborne lidars. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1995. V. 8. No. 12. P. 1718.
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Comparative analysis of specifications and measurement capabilities of lidars harnessing elastic scattering and intended to operate onboard piloted and automatic space stations has been made. The BALKAN-1 lidar is now placed in orbit as part of the SPEKTR module of the MIR station. Other lidars of this series are under development now. Methodical and engineering principles of Russian spaceborne lidars are discussed.