Earth Observation Mission News
GEDI moves toward launch to Space Station
04 May 2018
A first-of-its-kind laser instrument designed to map the world's forests in 3-D is moving toward an earlier launch to the International Space Station than previously expected.
The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation – or GEDI, pronounced like "Jedi," of Star Wars fame – instrument is undergoing final integration and testing this spring and summer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The instrument is expected to launch aboard SpaceX's 16th commercial resupply services mission, targeted for late 2018. GEDI is being led by the University of Maryland, College Park; the instrument is being built at NASA Goddard.
Image credit: NASA - The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar (GEDI) is being assembled in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.