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LARES - LAser RElativity Satellite

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Mission Photos:

Courtesy of ASI

Mission Objectives:

LARES will achieve important measurements in gravitational physics, General Relativity, space geodesy and geodynamics, in particular, together with the LAGEOS-1 and LAGEOS-2 satellites and with the GRACE models, it will provide a very accurate determination of the Earth gravitomagnetic field and of the Lense-Thirring effect.

Mission Instrumentation:

The LARES satellites is covered with 92 uncoated cube corner reflectors made from Suprasil 311. Each cube measures: height=27.889 mm diameter=38.10 mm.

Mission Parameters:
Sponsor: ASI/ESA
Expected Life: Many decades
Primary Applications: Relativity
COSPAR ID: 1200601
SIC Code: 5987
Satellite Catalog (NORAD) Number: 38077
Launch Date: 13-Feb-2012
Satellite Radius: 182 mm
RRA Shape: Sphere
Reflectors: 92 corner cubes
Size of Reflector: 38.10 mm diameter
Orbit: circular
Inclination: 69.5 degrees
Altitude: 1450 km
Eccentricity: 0.0
Weight: 386.8 kg
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