CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - LARES -
Full Name LAser RElativity Satellite Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies ASI Launch Date 13 Feb 2012
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Feb 2052
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 38077 (TLE)
International Designator 2012-006A
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 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 (LARES)
Mission Instruments
LCCRA (LARES) - Laser Corner Cube Reflector Assembly
OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 7 )
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data (full-rate, daily, 24 hour files) from N ...
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data (full-rate, monthly files) from NASA CDD ...
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data (normal points, daily, 24 hour files) fr ...
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data (normal points, hourly files) from NASA ...
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data (normal points, monthly files) from NASA ...
Ground-Based Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observation Data Summary (normal points, monthly files) f ...
Supporting Information for Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Data and Products from NASA CDDIS

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