Courtesy of JAXA
Initially, LRE (Laser Ranging Equipment) was used to evaluate the accuracy of the initial trajectory determination of the H2A launch vehicle. Subsequently, the satellite was used to verify SLR station performance, as a target for wide dynamic range of transmitting/receiving tests up to geosynchronous orbit for optical communication and SLR, and to evaluate the air drag model using SLR data.
The instruments on-board LRE are:
- Retroreflector array
- Plate mirrors
|Sponsor:||JAXA (National Space Development Agency of Japan)|
|Expected Life:||5 years|
|Primary SLR Applications:||Experimental|
|Satellite Catalog (NORAD) Number:||26898|
|Launch Date:||August 29, 2001|
|Reflectors:||126 cube corners and 24 mirror plates|
|Orbit:||Geostationary transfer orbit|
- Otsubo, T., "Reflector arrangement on H2A-LRE satellite", Presentation to 13th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Washington, DC, USA, October 7-11, 2002.
- Otsubo, T., H Kunimori, K Yoshihara and H Hashimoto, Optical response of the H2A-LRE satellite, SPIE Symposium on Remote Sensing (Toulouse), SPIE Proceedings Series 4546, 44-48, 2001.