3 September 2012: The CSU Chico Atmospheric Lidar Research Group is now home to a second REAL thanks to an equipment transfer from the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA). The instrument was recently received from PFPA through the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for use in atmospheric research and education. The second-generation REAL was built by ITT Corp. and is considerably smaller than the original REAL that has been at Chico State since 2008. The CSU Chico Atmospheric Lidar Research Group will maintain the instrument, along with its elder brother, and use them both for research related to wind energy, aerosols, air quality, and other topics in meteorology.