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In-Orbit Performance of the GRACE Follow-on Laser Ranging Interferometer

Abich, Klaus and Abramovici, Alexander and Amparan, Bengie and Baatzsch, Andreas and Okihiro, Brian Bachman and Barr, David C. and Bize, Maxime P. and Bogan, Christina and Braxmaier, Claus and Burke, Michael J. and Clark, Ken C. and Dahl, Christian and Dahl, Katrin and Danzmann, Karsten and Davis, Mike A. and de Vine, Glenn and Dickson, Jeffrey A. and Dubovitsky, Serge and Eckardt, Andreas and Ester, Thomas and Barranco, Germán Fernández and Flatscher, Reinhold and Flechtner, Frank and Folkner, William M. and Francis, Samuel and Gilbert, Martin S. and Gilles, Frank and Gohlke, Martin and Grossard, Nicolas and Günther, Burghardt and Hager, Philipp and Hauden, Jerome and Heine, Frank F. and Heinzel, Gerhard and Herding, Mark and Hinz, Martin and Howell, James and Katsumura, Mark and Kaufer, Marina and Klipstein, William M. and Koch, Alexander and Kruger, Micah and Larsen, Kameron and Lebeda, Anton and Lebeda, Arnold and Leikert, Thomas and Liebe, Carl Christian and Liu, Jehhal and Lobmeyer, Lynette and Mahrdt, Christoph and Mangoldt, Thomas and McKenzie, Kirk and Misfeldt, Malte and Morton, Phillip R. and Müller, Vitali and Murray, Alexander T. and Nguyen, Don J. and Nicklaus, Kolja and Pierce, Robert and Ravich, Joshua A. and Reavis, Gretchen and Reiche, Jens and Sanjuan, Josep and Schütze, Daniel and Seiter, Christoph and Shaddock, Daniel and Sheard, Benjamin and Sileo, Michael and Spero, Robert and Spiers, Gary and Stede, Gunnar and Stephens, Michelle and Sutton, Andrew and Trinh, Joseph and Voss, Kai and Wang, Duo and Wang, Rabi T. and Ware, Brent and Wegener, Henry and Windisch, Steve and Woodruff, Christopher and Zender, Bernd and Zimmermann, Marcus (2019) In-Orbit Performance of the GRACE Follow-on Laser Ranging Interferometer. Physical Review Letters, 123 (031101), 031101-1. American Physical Society. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.031101 ISSN 0031-9007

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The Laser Ranging Interferometer (LRI) instrument on the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On mission has provided the first laser interferometric ange measurements between remote spacecraft, separated by approximately 220 km. Autonomous controls that lock the laser frequency to a cavity reference and establish the degrees of freedom two-way laser link between remote spacecraft succeeded on the first attempt. Active beam pointing based on differential wave front sensing compensates spacecraft attitude fluctuations. The LRI has operated continuously without breaks in phase tracking for more than 50 days, and has shown biased range measurements similar to the primary ranging Instrument based on microwaves, but with much less noise at a level of 1 nm/rt(Hz) at Fourier frequencies above 100 mHz.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128565/
Document Type:Article
Title:In-Orbit Performance of the GRACE Follow-on Laser Ranging Interferometer
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Abramovici, AlexanderJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Amparan, BengieBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Baatzsch, AndreasSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Okihiro, Brian BachmanJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Barr, David C.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Bize, Maxime P.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Bogan, ChristinaMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, ClausDLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Burke, Michael J.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Clark, Ken C.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Dahl, ChristianSpace tech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Dahl, KatrinSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Danzmann, KarstenMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Davis, Mike A.Ball Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
de Vine, GlennJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Dickson, Jeffrey A.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Dubovitsky, SergeJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Eckardt, AndreasInstitut für Optische SensorsystemeUNSPECIFIED
Ester, ThomasTesat-Spacecom GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Barranco, Germán FernándezMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Flatscher, ReinholdAirbus Defence & SpaceUNSPECIFIED
Flechtner, FrankGeoForschungsZentrum PotsdamUNSPECIFIED
Folkner, William M.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Francis, SamuelJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Gilbert, Martin S.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Gilles, FrankSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Gohlke, MartinDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Grossard, NicolasiXblue PhotonicsUNSPECIFIED
Günther, Burghardtinstitut für optische sensorsystemeUNSPECIFIED
Hager, PhilippSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Hauden, JeromeiXblue PhotonicsUNSPECIFIED
Heine, Frank F.Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KGUNSPECIFIED
Heinzel, GerhardMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Herding, MarkSpaceTech GmbH, ImmenstaadUNSPECIFIED
Hinz, MartinHensoldt Optronics GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Howell, JamesBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Katsumura, MarkJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Kaufer, MarinaSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Klipstein, William M.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Koch, AlexanderMax Planck InstitutUNSPECIFIED
Kruger, MicahBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Larsen, KameronJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Lebeda, AntonAPCON AeroSpace & DefenceUNSPECIFIED
Lebeda, ArnoldAPCON AeroSpace & DefenceUNSPECIFIED
Leikert, ThomasHensoldt Optronics GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Liebe, Carl ChristianJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Liu, JehhalJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Lobmeyer, LynetteBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Mahrdt, ChristophMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Mangoldt, ThomasThomas.Mangoldt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
McKenzie, KirkJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Misfeldt, MalteMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Morton, Phillip R.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Müller, VitaliMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Murray, Alexander T.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Nguyen, Don J.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Nicklaus, KoljaSpaceTech GmbH, ImmenstaadUNSPECIFIED
Pierce, RobertBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Ravich, Joshua A.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Reavis, GretchenBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Reiche, JensMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Schütze, DanielMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Seiter, ChristophTesat-Spacecom GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Shaddock, DanielJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Sheard, BenjaminMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Sileo, MichaelBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Spero, RobertJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Spiers, GaryJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Stede, GunnarMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Stephens, MichelleBall Aerospace and Technologies CorporationUNSPECIFIED
Sutton, AndrewJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Trinh, JosephJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Voss, KaiSpaceTech GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Wang, DuoJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Wang, Rabi T.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Ware, BrentJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Wegener, HenryMax-Planck-Institut, HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Windisch, SteveTesat-Spacecom GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Woodruff, ChristopherJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Zender, BerndDLR, Institut für Optische SensorsystemeUNSPECIFIED
Zimmermann, MarcusHensoldt Optronics GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Date:19 July 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Physical Review Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.031101
Page Range:031101-1
Publisher:American Physical Society
Keywords:satelitte laser ranging, heterodyne interferometry
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 - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > High-Speed Electronics
Deposited By: Hamann, Ines
Deposited On:24 Jul 2019 10:15
Last Modified:24 Jul 2019 10:15

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