Laser RElativity Satellite - 1
3rd flight unit of the LAGEOS programme.
Main mission (in combination with LAGEOS-1 and LAGEOS-2): to confirm the principle of General Relativity that rotating masses drag space-time around themselves as they rotate (“Lense-Thirring effect”).
Substatial contribution to Solid Earth (space geodesy).
A sphere of diameter 36.4 cm, density 15.3 g/cm3
Mass at launch
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Data access information
Data freely available from the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).
Data analysis performed in several scientific institutes in Italy, USA and Germany. Leading institute: University of Rome "La Sapienza".
Details on Status
13 Feb 2012
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LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
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