The GREAT experimentRelease Date: 04/27/2016
The unplanned eccentric orbit of Galileo-201 and -202 provides a unique opportunity to study the behavior of on-board clocks and the gravitational redshift predicted by General Relativity. The Galileo-201 and -202 satellites, the first two Fully Operational Capability (FOC) satellites, were launched on August 22, 2014. Due to technical problems with the launch, these satellites remain in an elliptical orbit, which is not useful for the Galileo operations.
Colleagues with the Galileo mission have proposed a one-year, ESA funded experiment, GREAT (Galileo gravitational Redshift Experiment with eccentric sATellites) during which the SLR will provide periods of intensive tracking on Galileo-201. The GREAT experiment will begin May 1, 2016. The stations in the ILRS network are asked to support this experiment.
The 20th International Workshop on Laser RangingRelease Date: 03/21/2016 The 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging will be held at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam/GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam Germany on October 09-14, 2016. More information, including registration and abstraction submission deadlines, is available on the workshop’s website: http://iwslr2016.gfz-potsdam.de/international-workshop-on-laser-ranging/
NASA Contributes to Global Standard for Navigation, Studies of EarthRelease Date: 02/25/2016
The surface of Earth is constantly being reshaped by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, changes in sea levels and ice sheets, and other processes. Since some of these changes amount to only millimeters per year, scientists must make very precise measurements of the landscape and ocean in space and time in order to study their evolution and help mitigate their impacts.
ILRS Resolutions from the 2015 Technical WorkshopRelease Date: 11/18/2015
The 2015 ILRS Technical Workshop was held in Matera Italy, October 24 through 30. The theme of the workshop was "Network Performance and Future Expectations for ILRS Support of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), Time Transfer, and Space Debris Tracking." Several resolutions were put forward at the conclusion of a very successful week of presentations, discussion, and splinter meetings. A website with links to abstracts, presentations, posters, and papers is now available.