The HI-CLASS is a high power, wideband, coherent laser radar for long range detection, tracking, and imaging located at the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS). HI-CLASS will be used to provide high precision metrics as well as information for images of space objects and remote sensing with the same system. The HI-CLASS system is currently in the final of four phases. During Phase 1, breadboard hardware was built which led to a fully integrated laser radar system at MSSS. During Phase 2, an improved system oscillator and receiver-processor were built and integrated which brought the system capability to 12 Joules at 30 Hz. The Phase 3 system has the addition of a power amplifier to the transmitter which brought the system capability to 30 Joules Hz. The HI-CLASS system will validate technology and designs required for fielding operational systems since it has the potential to address operational areas of need for increased capability for information about space objects. HI-CLASS will provide high accuracy tracking in position and velocity simultaneously, and by ultimately providing size, shape and orientation information which will help assess adversary capabilities.© (1997) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.