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Instrument details
Acronym LR
Full name Laser Reflectors
Purpose Space geodesy - Precision orbitography
Short description Assemblage of 60 corner cube reflectors - The payload consists of the full satellite
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique N/A
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass 48 kg Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency CNES
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 1975-03-15 to ≥2050
Last update: 2013-01-23
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Other payload component
  • Positioning system
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Crustal motion (horizontal and vertical)
  • Crustal plates positioning
  • Geoid
  • Gravity field
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Gravity field3 - highPartial information (geoid).Dedicated satellite in very stable orbit optimal for describing the Earth's gravity field
Geoid1 - primaryGround stations network needed.. Long time series needed.Dedicated satellite in very stable orbit optimal for describing the Earth's gravity field and geoid
Crustal plates positioning1 - primaryGround stations network needed.. Long time series needed.Specifically designed system for space geodesy
Crustal motion (horizontal and vertical)1 - primaryGround stations network needed.. Long time series needed.Dedicated satellite equipped by laser retroreflectors, specifically designed for space geodesy