In the Clouds, In the Air, In Space, On the Ground

3D, Real-Time

LIDAR/LADAR laser remote sensing technology works best when you don’t have to wait for the data. Our LIDAR data is available in real-time and we’re developing LIDAR technology for new science, tactical and commercial applications.
Our LIDAR technology has been used on heritage programs like CALIPSO and now on new technologies that enable new scientific discoveries.

Ever wondered how clouds, winds and aerosols interact? We’re helping to find out by extending the LIDAR tech we’ve been developing since 2002. Our Optical Autocovariance Wind LIDAR (OAWL) has flown on NASA-sponsored test flights to push the system closer to a space-based mission. A current NASA-funded R& D contract is helping us build on those capabilities by providing simultaneous measurement of winds and aerosol properties.

The High-spectral Resolution LIDAR for Aerosols Winds and Clouds using OAWL (HAWC-OAWL) measures two different components of vector wind fields by using two lasers and two telescopes pointing in two directions at the same time. The system is designed to fly on NASA aircraft to provide NASA scientists with wind and aerosol data to study the impacts of aerosol (including pollution, dust, and smoke transport), on the Earth's energy and water cycles, air quality and climate.)


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Seeing New Light

Scientist works on Calipso instrument.
Another new LIDAR technology we’re working on has the potential to vastly improve the quality and quantity of data from Earth science satellites that look at clouds, water and the atmosphere. Called LOAMS (LIDAR Orbital Angular Momentum Sensor), it will be a new LIDAR system that will see the unique angular momentum effects of light beams as they hit and interact with particles and molecules in the atmosphere. LOAMS is funded through a NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) grant and the NASA Earth Science Technology Office.
By leveraging over 50 years of remote sensing expertise for NASA, NOAA, DoD and commercial companies, Ball's Methane Monitor uses laser-illumination remote-sensing techniques to identify methane emissions on the ground from a fixed-wing aircraft. It's a lower cost, real-time, precise method of monitoring leaks that notifies facility operators immediately of large emission sources and provides full reports within hours of the end of the flight.
  • Active sensing with lasers: immune to solar intensity and background temperature with real time results
  • Plume imaging: 300-meter-wide swaths and swath-to-swath image stitching show the plume shape a allow ready identification of the source
  • Fixed-wing aircraft: 3,300 ft. above ground at 126 mph air speed can survey 150-200 square miles per day

The Methane Monitor

Discover how our Methane Monitor finds and reports leaks in record time.
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Methane Monitoring Capabilities

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Day and night imaging for space and science missions.


High-performance, high-reliability data for space and science missions.