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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - LARES-2 -
Full Name LAser RElativity Satellite 2 Status Commissioning
Mission Agencies ASI Launch Date 13 Jul 2022
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Mar 2062
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #
International Designator
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 226 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 70 deg
Orbit Altitude 5892 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Scientific objectives are the high accuracy 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 an accuracy greatly improved with respect to the previous LAGEOS and LARES missions. Gravitomagnetic field and dragging of inertial frames are predictions of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. In addition, LARES-2 will allow other measurements in General Relativity, geodesy and geodynamics.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements LCCRA (LARES-2)
Mission Instruments
LCCRA (LARES-2) - Laser Corner Cube Reflector Assembly
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