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Laser ranging to nano-satellites in LEO orbits: Plans, issues, simulations
Citation key kirchner.2013.IWLR.Laser
Author Kirchner, Georg; Grunwaldt, Ludwig; Neubert, Reinhard; Koidl, Franz; Barschke, Merlin; Yoon, Zizung and Fiedler, Hauke
Title of Book Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Laser Ranging
Year 2013
Address Fujiyoshida, Japan
Month November
Abstract Several small satellites in the class of pico- and nano-satellites will be equipped with multiple small corner cubes: OPS-SAT (ESA), S-Net and TechnoSat (8 kg resp. 15 kg; Technical University Berlin). The size of these satellites is in the range of 10x10x30 cm, up to about 40 x 40 x 30 cm; the planned circular orbits are in the 500 - 600 km range. Commercially available 0.5” corner cubes will be used for SLR; a single corner cube of this size will be sufficient for SLR to the planned LEO orbits. Placing several of these corner cubes on each side of the satellites will not only allow for standard SLR and POD, but also for an independent attitude determination with < 1° accuracy, even after the end of the satellites lifetime, or in case of problems or satellite failure.
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