GEDI is expected to launch on the ISS on December 5th, 2018 to begin its 2-year mission of discovery.

The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) project is currently under development. GEDI was competitively selected by NASA in July 2014 under the Earth Venture Instrument-2 program. Development of the system and science began in November 2014.

GEDI follows standard mission development phases. Phases A-D are focused on engineering development that leads to the final assembly and testing of the instrument. During these phases, the GEDI Science Definition Team (SDT) works on developing algorithms to deliver final GEDI data products, as well as implementing calibration and validation plans for those products.

After GEDI has been launched and installed on the International Space Station (Phase E) it will remain there for two years, constantly collecting data. This data will then be processed by the GEDI Science Team and the first data should be released and available to the public six months after launch.

GEDI mission timeline
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