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A Ruby-Laser System For Satellite Ranging
Author(s): C. G. Lehr; L. A. Maestre; P. H. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) operates a worldwide network of observing stations. These stations obtain experimental data from which precise satellite orbits are computed on a CDC 6400 computer at the Observatory's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In contrast to many other tracking systems, real-time data are not essential. It can take as long as a year to obtain the necessary time corrections, apply these, and compute the orbits. The important requirement for the useful scientific applications of the results is the accuracy of the computed orbits. And, of course, the accuracy of these orbits depends upon that of the data obtained from the tracking system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1967
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0011, Laser Range Instrumentation, (1 July 1967); doi: 10.1117/12.946718
Show Author Affiliations
C. G. Lehr, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
L. A. Maestre, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
P. H. Anderson, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0011:
Laser Range Instrumentation
William C. Russell, Editor(s)

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