6 August 1997 NRL@SOR: satellite laser ranging with robust links
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This paper describes the satellite laser ranging system which was integrated and operated by the Naval Research Laboratory at the USAF Phillips Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range. A 300 mJ, 250 ps, 10 Hz doubled Nd:YAG laser system has been integrated on the 3.5 meter telescope at that facility. It operated in a campaign driven mode from March, 1995, to March, 1997. During that time, NRL at SOR has provided support to the Geoscience community for spacecraft as low as GFZ and as high as GPS; been key in an international SLR campaign to improve the orbits of the GPS NAVSTAR satellites which have retroreflectors; supported the Tether Physics Experiment in Space and obtained the first laser radar returns from that target; externally calibrated for the first time the NAVSPACMD 'fence' receivers; and obtained data on 'unenhanced' targets at LEO.
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G. Charmaine Gilbreath, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Mark A. Davis, Mark A. Davis, Peter Rolsma, Peter Rolsma, Timothy J. Meehan, Timothy J. Meehan, Richard Eichinger, Richard Eichinger, John M. Anderson III, John M. Anderson III, } "NRL@SOR: satellite laser ranging with robust links", Proc. SPIE 3065, Laser Radar Technology and Applications II, (6 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281034; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.281034
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