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Concept for a new minimal SLR system

Hampf, Daniel and Wagner, Paul and Schafer, Ewan and Riede, Wolfgang (2018) Concept for a new minimal SLR system. In: 21st International Laser Ranging Workshop. 21st International Laser Ranging Workshop, 5.-9. Nov 2018, Canberra, Australien.

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To improve the global coverage of SLR measurements and to keep up with the growing number of missions, new SLR stations will be needed around the world. However, local scientific communities often find it hard to acquire the funding necessary to deploy and operate a conventional SLR station. German Aerospace Center is currently developing a new minimal SLR system with the goal to improve this situation. The miniSLR system is fully integrated in a box smaller than 2x2x1.5 metres and consists of only a minimal set of devices indispensable for standard SLR operation. A simple design and the use of standard components keep the investment costs at a minimum and facilitate on-site maintenance. Transmitter and receiver telescopes are located on the two sides of a direct drive Alt-Az mount. The detector package and the laser system are installed on the mount itself to avoid a coudé path. The 100 kHz laser ranging technology developed for the Stuttgart SLR station is used here as well and allows for a small yet powerful laser that can be integrated on the mount. A 19 inch rack contains all other components, such as the control PC, event timer and the time source. The whole system is fully sealed and air-conditioned. Completely automatic operation is envisaged to reduce running costs and operation in remote areas. This contribution will present the current status of the design and first hardware tests.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/123746/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Concept for a new minimal SLR system
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hampf, Danieldaniel.hampf (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wagner, PaulPaul.Wagner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8882-8202
Schafer, Ewanewan.schafer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Riede, WolfgangWolfgang.Riede (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2018
Journal or Publication Title:21st International Laser Ranging Workshop
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:satellite laser ranging
Event Title:21st International Laser Ranging Workshop
Event Location:Canberra, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:5.-9. Nov 2018
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 - Projekt optische Methoden f. Space Debris Analysen
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Active Optical Systems
Deposited By: Hampf, Daniel
Deposited On:26 Nov 2018 16:42
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:21

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