LARES 2 [OHB-CGS]
LARES 2 (Laser Relativity Satellite 2) is a passive satellite with laser mirrors for the study of the Earth gravitational field and general relativity measurements (Lense-Thirring effect) and for geodetic purposes to improve the measurements on the LAGEOS 1 and 2 and LARES satellites.
LARES 2 is an improved version of LARES replacing the earlier LAGEOS 3 project, which was never funded. The main objectives of the LARES 2 experiment are accurate measurements of General Relativity, gravitational and fundamental physics and accurate determinations in space geodesy and geodynamics. In particular LARES 2 is aimed to achieve a very accurate test of frame-dragging, an intriguing phenomenon predicted by General Relativity.
LARES-2 is a sphere 36.4 cm diameter and a density of 15.3 g/cm3.
LARES-2 is to be launched on Vega-C's maiden flight.
|Type / Application:||Basic research, Geodesy|
|Equipment:||92 cube corner reflectors|
|Configuration:||40 cm sphere|
|Orbit:||5899 km × 5899 km, 70.16°|
|LARES 2||2022-080A||13.07.2022||Ko ELV||Vega-C||with AstroBio Cubesat, GreenCube, CELESTA, TRISAT R, MTCube 2, ALPHA|