25 November 1992 High cross-section orbital retroreflector array design and testing
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Abstract
The Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) required continuous illumination of its satellite by ground-based lasers. To maintain tracking, the system relied on an array of six-inch diameter hollow retroreflectors, mounted on the lower deck of the spacecraft. The retroreflectors are tailored to the mission, including compensation for their orbital velocity. The array has a lidar cross section of up to 3,000 square kilometers. This paper describes the design, construction, testing, and use of this retroreflector array.
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James W. Baer, James W. Baer, "High cross-section orbital retroreflector array design and testing", Proc. SPIE 1697, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VI, (25 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138197; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.138197
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