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High cross-section orbital retroreflector array design and testing
Author(s): James W. Baer
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Paper Abstract

The Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) required continuous illumination of its satellite by ground-based lasers. To maintain tracking, the system relied on an array of six-inch diameter hollow retroreflectors, mounted on the lower deck of the spacecraft. The retroreflectors are tailored to the mission, including compensation for their orbital velocity. The array has a lidar cross section of up to 3,000 square kilometers. This paper describes the design, construction, testing, and use of this retroreflector array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1697, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VI, (25 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138197
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James W. Baer, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1697:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VI
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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