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Larets

Larets [IPIE]

Larets is a small geodesy and calibration satellite launched for IPIE.

It is a 21 cm sphere with 60 laser retro-reflectors, very similar to the german GFZ 1 satellite. Larets is designed to address scientific and applied problems in the interests of geodesy and geodynamics. The LARETS mission is a next stage in low-target-error laser satellite design optimization, started with the WESTPAC mission.

Larets was launched with a cluster of small satellites in September 2003 on a Kosmos-3M rocket.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Geodesy, calibration
Operator: IPIE
Contractors: Institute of Space Device Engineering - Moscow ?
Equipment: 60 prism corner cube retroreflectors
Configuration: 21 cm dia brass body
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Lifetime:
Mass: 21 kg ?
Orbit: 696 km × 675 km, 98.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Larets 2003-042F 27.09.2003 Pl LC-132/1 Kosmos-3M with STSAT 1, Bilsat 1, NigeriaSat 1, UK-DMC 1, Mozhayets 4, Rubin 4-DSI