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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - LARES -
Full Name LAser RElativity Satellite Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies ASI Launch Date 13 Feb 2012
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Feb 2052
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 99.1 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 71 deg
Orbit Altitude 1450 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Not defined Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Scientific objectives are the measurement of the dragging of inertial frames due to the Earth's angular momentum, or Lense-Thirring effect, and a high precision test of the Earth's gravitomagnetic field with accuracy of the order of a few percent. Gravitomagnetic field and dragging of inertial frames are predictions of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. In addition, LARES will allow other measurements in geodesy and geodynamics.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements LCCRA
Mission Instruments
LCCRA - Laser Corner Cube Reflector Assembly
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