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New performances of the French transportable laser ranging station (FTLRS)
Author(s): Joelle Nicolas; Francis Pierron; Etienne Samain; Pierre Exertier; Francois Barlier
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Paper Abstract

The French Transportable Laser Ranging Station (FTLRS) is a highly mobile laser ranging station dedicated to geodetic and oceanographic satellite tracking. Its performances were estimated during a probatory experiment in Corsica (from October 1996 to February 1997). The results showed that the 1-sigma rms was close to 2 cm for 80% of the passes. But, about 20% of the passes exhibited significant variations in the signal quality (as much as 10 cm) and a large bias. The FTLRS has been considerably improved to reach the 1 cm accuracy. That is the level necessary for JASON-1 validation and calibration for which the FTLRS is a main component. The instrument evolutions concern all the FTLRS fundamental components: laser, detection devices, timing chain, and calibration process. Thanks to laboratory measurements and to some comparisons with the Grasse laser ranging fixed station with similar characteristics, the FTLRS new performances are satisfactory: the ranging accuracy may be of about 11 mm, with 9 mm due to the station. The first results of this new collocation experiment are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4546, Laser Radar: Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques III, (23 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453979
Show Author Affiliations
Joelle Nicolas, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur-CERGA (France)
Francis Pierron, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur-CERGA (France)
Etienne Samain, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur-CERGA (France)
Pierre Exertier, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur-CERGA (France)
Francois Barlier, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur-CERGA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4546:
Laser Radar: Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques III
Ulrich Schreiber; Christian Werner; Gary W. Kamerman; Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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