BackForward Satellite: STARLETTE 

Satellite details
Full name Satellite de Taille Adaptée avec Réflecteurs Laser pour les Etudes de la Terre
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the STARLETTE programme.
  • Main mission: Solid Earth (space geodesy).
  • A sphere of diameter 24 cm, density 6.5 g/cm3.
Mass at launch 48 kg Dry mass 48 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data freely available from the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 812 km
Inclination 49.8 °


Space agency CNES
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 06 Feb 1975 EOL ≥2050
Last update: 2015-07-29
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on STARLETTE

Acronym Full name
LR Laser Reflectors
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