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First successful satellite laser ranging with a fibre-based transmitter

Hampf, Daniel and Sproll, Fabian and Wagner, Paul and Humbert, Leif and Hasenohr, Thomas and Riede, Wolfgang (2016) First successful satellite laser ranging with a fibre-based transmitter. Advances in Space Research, 58 (4), pp. 498-504. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.05.020 ISSN 0273-1177

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027311771630206X


Satellite laser ranging (SLR) is an established technology used for geodesy, fundamental science and precise orbit determination. This paper reports on the first successful SLR measurement from the German Aerospace Center research observatory in Stuttgart. While many SLR stations are in operation, the experiment described here is unique in several ways: The modular system has been assembled completely from commercial off-the-shelf components, which increases flexibility and significantly reduces hardware costs. To our knowledge it has been the first time that an SLR measurement has been conducted using an optical fibre rather than a coudé path to direct the light from the laser source onto the telescope. The transmitter operates at an output power of about 75 mW and a repetition rate of 3 kHz, and at a wavelength of 1064 nm. Due to its rather small diameter of only 80 μm, the receiver detector features a low noise rate of less than 2 kHz and can be operated without gating in many cases. With this set-up, clear return signals have been received from several orbital objects equipped with retroreflectors. In its current configuration, the system does not yet achieve the same performance as other SLR systems in terms of precision, maximum distance and the capability of daylight ranging; however, plans to overcome these limitations are outlined.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/105376/
Document Type:Article
Title:First successful satellite laser ranging with a fibre-based transmitter
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hampf, Danieldaniel.hampf (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sproll, FabianFabian.sproll (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wagner, Paulpaul.wagner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Humbert, LeifLeif.Humbert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hasenohr, Thomasthomas.hasenohr (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Riede, WolfgangWolfgang.Riede (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2016.05.020
Page Range:pp. 498-504
Keywords:Satellite Laser Ranging, Laser Transmitter
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Space Debris / Laser based SSA
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Active Optical Systems
Deposited By: Hampf, Daniel
Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 10:24
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:27

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