15 May 2017 Satellite and lunar laser ranging in infrared
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We report on the implementation of a new infrared detection at the Grasse lunar laser ranging station and describe how infrared telemetry improves the situation. We present our first results on the lunar reflectors and show that infrared detection permits us to densify the observations and allows measurements during the new and the full moon periods. We also present the benefit obtained on the ranging of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellites and on RadioAstron which have a very elliptic orbit.
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Clement Courde, Jean-Marie Torre, Etienne Samain, Gregoire Martinot-Lagarde, Mourad Aimar, Dominique Albanese, Nicolas Maurice, Hervé Mariey, Hervé Viot, Pierre Exertier, Agnes Fienga, Vishnu Viswanathan, "Satellite and lunar laser ranging in infrared", Proc. SPIE 10229, Photon Counting Applications 2017, 102290K (15 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2270573; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2270573
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