Nominal Pulse Spacing (NPS)

Published On: March 21, 2016


In the LIDAR industry the generally accepted definition for Nominal Pulse Spacing (NPS) is the one detailed in the USGS base LIDAR Specification.  That is the spacing between points in the collection when in reference to single instrument, single swath, first return only LIDAR point data.  The NPS is the value that is usually predicted by the system manufacturer's flight planning software to indicate the "grid" spacing of the collected points based upon the input flight plan parameters.

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