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Satellite details
Acronym LARES-2
Full name Laser RElativity Satellite - 2
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 4th flight unit of the LAGEOS programme.
  • Main mission (in combination with LAGEOS-1, LAGEOS-2 and LARES): 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 42.4 cm, density 7.5 g/cm3
Mass at launch 297.5 kg Dry mass 297.5 kg
Data access link no link provided
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".
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 5899 km
Inclination 70.16 °


Space agency ASINASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 13 Jul 2022 EOL ≥2050
Last update: 2023-11-14
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on LARES-2

Acronym Full name
LRA Laser Retroreflector Array
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