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.
|Type / Application:||Geodesy, calibration|
|Contractors:||Institute of Space Device Engineering - Moscow ?|
|Equipment:||60 prism corner cube retroreflectors|
|Configuration:||21 cm dia brass body|
|Mass:||21 kg ?|
|Orbit:||696 km × 675 km, 98.2°|
|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|