Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Laser Geodynamics Satellite
Constellation of 3 satellites for Solid Earth.
Cooperative ASI-NASA programme: NASA responsible of LAGEOS-1 and launch of LAGEOS-2 by the Space Shuttle in a parking low orbit; ASI responsible of the LAGEOS-2 platform and its transport from the parking to the final orbit by IRIS (Italian Research Interim Stage); ASI responsible of LARES. Shared operations.
Passive satellites, no attitude control, no electronic devices, no communication with the ground; only reflecting surfaces.
The design life time of the satellites is many decades.
The satellites exploit high-altitude drifting orbits with specifically coordinated inclinations.
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Satellites tracked by the network of about 65 stations of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).
Several data analysis centres in Italy, USA and other countries.
1976 - 2042
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Laser Geodynamics Satellite
(1976 - 2026)
(1992 - 2042)
(2012 - 2030)