BackForward Satellite: LARES 

Satellite details
Acronym LARES
Full name Laser RElativity Satellite
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unit of the LAGEOS programme.
  • Main mission (in combination with LAGEOS-1 and LAGEOS-2): to confirm the principle of General Relativity that rotating masses drag space-time around themselves as they rotate (“Lense-Thirring effect”).
  • Substatial contribution to Solid Earth (space geodesy).
  • A sphere of diameter 36.4 cm, density 15.3 g/cm3
Mass at launch 387 kg Dry mass 387 kg
Power
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data freely available from the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).
  • Data analysis performed in several scientific institutes in Italy, USA and Germany.  Leading institute: University of Rome "La Sapienza".
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 1450 km
Inclination 69.5 °

 

Space agency ASINASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 13 Feb 2012 EOL ≥2030
Last update: 2015-07-28
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on LARES

Acronym Full name
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
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