Nineteenth International Workshop on Laser Ranging

Annapolis, MD, USA
October 27-31, 2014

Session 01: Welcome

  • Stephen Merkowitz, Manager, NASA Space Geodesy Project
  • Michael Pearlman, Director, ILRS Central Bureau
  • Giuseppe Bianco, Chair, ILRS Governing Board
  • Hansjörg Kutterer, Chair, GGOS Coordinating Board
  • Dr. Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Dr. John Kress, Interim Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
  • Dr. Charles Alcock, Director, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Victor Shargorodsky, OJC "RPC "PSI"

Session 02: Historical Perspectives

  • H. Plotkin, Genesis of Laser Satellite Tracking at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (3128)
  • C. Lundquist, Evolution of Optical Satellite Tracking (3019)
  • G. Veis, From Optical Tracking to Laser Tracking - The Early Years of Satellite Geodesy (3023)
  • F. Barlier, Early Satellite Laser Ranging for Geodesy at CNRS, CNES and ONERA in France (3108)
  • J. Bosworth, The NASA Crustal Dynamics Project's Use of Satellite Laser Ranging to Meet its Multiple Objectives (3132)
  • J. Faller, Lunar Laser Ranging (3127)

Session 03: Science through Missions

  • G. Neumann, Interplanetary Spacecraft Laser Ranging: The Quest for 1 AU. (3143)
  • P. Exertier, Time Transfer by Laser Link (T2L2): A way to synchronize laser ranging observatories at the ns level (3083)
  • G. Beutler, GNSS for Positioning, Navigation, Timing, and Science (3135)
  • R. Beard, The NAVSTAR 35 and 36 Laser Retro-reflector Experiments (3142)
  • B. Tapley, Space Geodesy Contributions to Gravity Model Development (3129)
  • Z. Altamimi, ITRF 2013 Analysis and SLR Contribution (3035)
  • J.P. Berthias, SLR and Altimetry: A Success Story and a Lasting Partnership (3153)
  • B. Schutz, The NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Series: Science, Data Products and Operations (3120)
  • T. Murphy, Lunar Laser Ranging: Science and Status (3057)

Session 04: SLR and Services Organizations

  • G. Bianco, The International Laser Ranging Service: Past, Present and Future (3168)
  • H. Kutterer, GGOS and the Importance of the Combination of Space Techniques (3164)
  • P.E.O. Opseth, Status in the UN-GGIM initiative on a resolution for a global geodetic reference frame (3026)

Session 05: The Role of SLR in the Terrestrial Reference Frame Development

  • V. Luceri, The ILRS Contribution to the Development of ITRF2013 (3157)
  • E. Pavlis, Modeling Improvements in the ILRS Reprocess for ITRF2013 Using the LAGEOS Satellites to Assess the Accuracy of ILRS Stations (3146)
  • G. Appleby, Using the LAGEOS Satellites to Assess the Accuracy of ILRS Stations’ Observations During the Last Decade (3052)
  • S. Kopeikin, Relativistic Aspects of SLR/GPS Geodesy (3144)
  • D. Thaller, Pre-Combined GNSS-SLR Solutions for the ITRF2013 (3079)
  • F. Deleflie, Impact of 25 Years of Etalon-1 and Etalon-2 Data (3081)

Session 06: The Role of SLR in Gravitational Earth Modeling

  • J. Ries, Satellite Laser Ranging Applications for Gravity Field Determination (3117)
  • R. Gross, Mass Transport and Dynamics in the Earth System (3015)
  • K. Matsuo, Geocenter Motion Driven by Large-Scale Mass Redistribution (3088) (presented by T. Otsubo)
  • L. Petrov, The Use of Numerical Weather Models for SLR Data Analysis (3011)
  • W. Qu, The Study on the Coefficients of the Earth's Gravity Using Scaled Sensitivity Matrix Method (3002)
  • R. Govind, Assessing Orbit Quality Using SLR (3110)

Session 07: Advanced Technologies I

  • Z. Fan (Z. You), Millijoules High Master-Slave Pulse Ratio 532 nm Picosecond Laser (3126) (presented by M. Wilkinson)
  • T. Murphy, TBAD: Transponder-Based Aircraft Detector (3058)
  • Blinov (I. Ignatenko), Metrological Provision of Uniformity Of Measurements of Time and Frequency in the Satellites Laser-Ranging Systems (3041)
  • M. Sadovnikov, SLR Station of the New Generation for Time Transfer with Subnanosecond Accuracy and Ranging with Submillimeter Accuracy in Night and Daytime (3025)
  • Z. Zhang, Laser Measurement to Space Targets by Using Dual-Receiving Telescopes and Transmitted from One of Systems (3032)
  • G. Vallone (P. Villoresi), Quantum Communications Demonstrated For Satellite Downlink At MLRO (3062)
  • Kloth, Development of a Full SLR Software Stack Based on Real-Time Linux and a New Version of the Potsdam Range Gate (3089)

Session 08: Advanced Technologies II

  • M. Wilkinson, Upgrading kHz SLR at the SGF, Herstmonceux (3104)
  • J. Degnan, A Proposed Multifunctional Multichannel Receiver for SGSLR (3020)
  • Z. Li, The Research of Rotating Shutter Control Method for 1.2m Telescope SLR System (3051)
  • G. Kirchner, How to measure more than 110 satellites
  • S. Riepl, First Results from the Satellite Observing System Wettzell (3131)
  • C. Courde, Ideas of New Technological Developments for Future French SLR Stations (3091)
  • E. Hoffman,
    • Upgrades and New Capabilities of the GFZ SLR Timing System (3085)
    • Modernization and Characterization of the Riga SLR Timing System (3086)

Special NASA GSFC Session

  • J. Degnan, Joint GSFC Engineering and Scientific Colloquium, A Celebration of Fifty Years of Satellite Laser Ranging

Session 09: Networks and Core Sites

  • M. Pearlman, The Role of CORE and Co-location Sites and the Activities Underway to Improve the Global Space Geodesy Network (3044)
  • M. Sadovnikov, Stages of Development of Stations, Networks and SLR Usage Methods for Global Space Geodetic and Navigation Systems in Russia (3068) (presented by Kovalev)
  • Z. Zhang, The Status and Plan of the Chinese SLR Network (3165) (presented by M. Pearlman)
  • J. McGarry, Developing and Deploying NASA's Space Geodesy Satellite Laser Ranging (SGSLR) Systems (3018)
  • T. Varghese, Testing and Benchmarking the NASA SGSLR Systems at the 1mm Level Prior to Field Deployment (3119)
  • J. Esper, NASA's Next Generation Space Geodesy Network Typical Core Site Requirements and Layout (3151)
  • P.E.O. Opseth, Status of the establishment of a core site in Ny-Ålesund (3027)

Session 10: New Applications: Space Debris

  • B. Greene, Laser Ranging for the Precision Orbit Determination and Remote Maneuver of Space Debris (3094)
  • H. Wirnsberger, Space Debris Orbit Predictions using Bi-static Laser Observations. Case Study: ENVISAT (3017)
  • G. Kirchner, Infrared Laser Ranging to Space Debris – a Chance for ILRS (3009)

Session 11: New Applications: Time Transfer

  • Schlicht, Concept for a Geodetic and Time Reference in Space (3075)
  • Prochazka, Calibration of SLR System Delays for the European Laser Timing Reaching 20 ps Accuracy (3006)
  • J. Kodet, SLR and GNSS Co-location and Delay Control for the Application of Laser Time Transfer (3005)

Session 12: From GNSS to Lunar

  • M. Pearlman, Early Results from New Initiatives on SLR Tracking of GNSS and Synchronous Satellites (3114)
  • Sokolov, New ideas in retroreflector array development (3024)
  • L. Thomas, Status of the GPS III Laser Retroreflector Array (3053)
  • S. Kasho, Accuracy Evaluation of QZS-1 Precise Ephemerides with Satellite Laser Ranging (3067)
  • Boni, Thermal and Optical characterization of a GNSS Retroreflector Array at the SCF Lab (3082)
  • K. Sosnica, Processing 20 Years of SLR Observations to GNSS Satellites (3070)

Session 13: Lunar Laser Ranging

  • T. Murphy, APOLLO: Performance and Findings (3061)
  • C. Courde (J.-M. Torre), French LLR Station Status and New Project (3016)
  • J. Müller, Earth Orientation and Relativity Parameters Determined from LLR Data (3033)
  • M. Martini, Test of General Relativity Using Lunar Laser Ranging Data and the Planetary Ephemeris Program (3148)
  • Bourgoin, New dynamical relativistic modeling of the Moon in POLAC group (SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris) (3092)
  • D. Currie, Atmospheric Effects and the Ultimate Ranging Accuracy for Lunar Laser Ranging (3055)

Session 14: Planetary and Transponder Ranging

  • S. Bauer, Application of one-way laser ranging data to LRO into orbit determination (3124)
  • D. Dirkx, Simulated Comparative Analysis of One- and Two-Way Planetary Laser Ranging Systems (3101)
  • S. Dell'Agnello, NASA-SSERVI and INFN Partnership "Springlets": Solar system Payloads of laser Retroreflectors of INfn for General reLativity, Exploration and planeTary Science (3100)

Session 15: Operations

  • R. Ricklefs, ILRS Station Configuration Tracking (3123)
  • T. Otsubo, Two-fold Quality Assessment of Global SLR Data (3036)
  • M. Wilkinson, Plotting NP range residuals - SGF web development (3125)
  • E. Pavlis, Station Performance Assessment Tools for the ILRS Stations (3160)
  • G. Appleby, Satellite Interleaving and Real-time Normal Point Data-Quantity Monitoring (3059)
  • J. Woo, Station Procedures (3029)
  • J. Torre, Station best practice and requests (3130)
  • G. Kirchner, SLR Calibration Issues - Example: Graz (3154)
  • Prochazka, Geometry bias in a short baseline ground calibration (3097)

Session 16: Workshop Closing


Poster Sessions:

Session 02: Historical Perspectives Posters

  • C. Schwatke, Historical development of the SLR data holding at EDC between 1976 and 2014 (3010)
  • J. Kostelecky, 1970 - First Laser Ranging in Czechoslovakia (3022)
  • E. Kattimuthu, 40 Years of SLR in India (Remembering the Past) (3034)
  • Ya. Blagodyr, History of the "Lviv-1831" SLR station at Lviv, Ukraine (3039)
  • C. Noll, Satellite Laser Ranging Tracking Through the Years (3046)
  • M. Abele, Satellite Laser Ranging in the University of Latvia since 1975 (3102)
  • M. Ploner, History of the Laser Observations at Zimmerwald (3116)
  • P. Dunn, Arequipa's Contribution to the ILRS Network (3121)
  • P. Yanyachi, Arequipa Satellite Tracking Station (3122)

Sessions 05 and 06: Science Posters

  • Pacheco, Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP's) using SLR data from ILRS 7406 station at San Juan - Argentina (3013)
  • E. Park, Preliminary Performance Analysis for the Korean SLR Station "DAEDEOK-73592601" (3064)
  • Y. Kim, Precise Orbit Determination and Measurement Bias Analysis for Starlette with Satellite Laser Ranging of The Korean SLR Station "DAEDEOK-73592601" ” (3071)
  • K. Sosnica, Earth Rotation and Gravity Field Parameters from Satellite Laser Ranging (3072)
  • M. Bloßfeld, LOD systematics from SLR observations (3074)
  • K. Ebauer, Impact of atmospheric effects on SLR-derived parameters (3078)
  • K. Ebauer, Geodetic parameters estimation from processing of LAGEOS and LEO SLR data (3080)
  • Fausk, Combining SLR with VLBI, DORIS and GPS in the GEOSAT software (3096)
  • P. Dunn, Etalon and Ajisai Observations from NASA's SLR Network (3138)
  • D. Kucharski, Submillimeter SLR: Ajisai as the Zero-Signature Geodetic Satellite (3021)
  • T. Otsubo, Systematic Range Error 2013-2014 (3141)
  • D. Lucchesi, Testing Fundamental Physics with Satellite Laser Ranging: Perspectives and Goals of the LARASE Experiment (3109)
  • E. Tcyba, Associate Analysis Center of VNIIFTRI (3103)
  • X. Wang, Introduction on ILRS SHAO Analysis Center and Products (3112)
  • H. Oh, Orbit Determination of Korea Regional Navigation Satellite System by Using Satellite Laser Ranging (3145)
  • P. Yanyachi, Laser Ranging and GPS Measurements to Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu Volcanoes and Surrounding Hills, and Applications of Precise Positioning to Monitoring of Volcanic Deformation and Seismic Risk (3155)

Sessions 07 and 08: Advanced Technologies Posters

  • L. Combrinck, Development of a high accuracy, user friendly Lunar Laser Ranging telescope steering and pointing software package at HartRAO (3004)
  • Prochazka, Dark Count Rate Reduction of the SPAD Detection Package for SLR (3007)
  • R. Ricklefs, Software Reuse in the ILRS Network (3008)
  • S. Ndlovu, An Estimation of the Number of Expected Returned Photons for the HartRAO Lunar Laser Ranger System (3012)
  • H. Zhang, The Research on Key Technology of 1064nm Wavelength SLR and Measurement Experiment (3030)
  • A. Goncharov, The Laser Station Synchronization and Reference Frequency System and Its Metrological Support (3042)
  • D. Arnold, Final Transfer Function of the LARES retroreflector array (3047)
  • M. Choi, Development of the Automatic Transmitter/Receiver Alignment System (ATRAS) for ARGO-M (3063)
  • J. Näränen, A New Toolset for Passive Monitoring of Air Traffic and Sky Conditions at Metsähovi Station, Finland (3073)
  • S. Bang, A-RGG development for 10 kHz Laser Ranging of Daedeok station (3077)
  • V. Vedin, New USB version of the Riga Event Timer and additional Software Support for Linux (3098)
  • M. Wilkinson, ADS-B In-sky Safety - Making listen2planes Package Available to Download (3099)
  • C. Clarke, Background Noise Suppression for Increased Data Acceptance (3118)
  • J. Horvath, Automating NASA's Space Geodesy Satellite Laser Ranging (SGSLR) Seystem (3136)
  • C. Moore, Laser Development for Kilohertz Ranging at the US Naval Research Laboratory (3149)
  • R. Preston, Analysis of ILRS data from STPSat-2 Retro-reflector (3156)
  • H. Kunimori, Range Gate Generator with Pulse Position Modulation Capability (3159)
  • J. Kilmer, Lasers for Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Applications (3162)
  • V. Vasliliev, Retroreflector Using a Birefrigent Wedge for Efficient Velocity Aberration Compensation (3167)

Session 09: Networks and Core Sites Posters

  • R. Podestá, Local Ties to determine the Co-location vector from the SLR telescope and GPS antenna in San Juan, Argentina (3014)
  • C. Noll, SLR, GNSS, VLBI, and DORIS Networks: ILRS+IGS+IVS+IDS (3048)
  • Raja-Halli, Progress Report on the New SLR System of GGOS'S Core Site Metsähovi, Finland (3090)
  • J. Cheek, SGSLR Computer Design (3093)
  • G. Appleby, Relative height surveying of geodetic monuments at the SGF Herstmonceux, UK (3105)
  • S. Merkowitz, NASA's Next Generation Space Geodesy Network (3150)

Session 10: New Applications: Space Debris Posters

  • M. Shappirio, Tracking Orbital Debris in a Busy Airspace Environment (3115)
  • Q. Li, Space Debris Laser Ranging at Yunnan Observatories (3049)
  • C. Liu, Laser Ranging on Space Debris with the Changchun SLR station (3066)
  • S. Lakshminarayana, Send off to Space Debris using LASER Techniques (3003)

Session 11: New Applications: Time Transfer Posters

  • D. Mao, Time-transfer experiments between satellite laser ranging ground stations via one-way laser ranging to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (3060)
  • C. Courde, Comparison Campaigns of Time Transfer Techniques Between Calibrated Observatories (3161)

Session 12: From GNSS to Lunar Posters

  • C. Zhao, BDS Satellite Orbit and Clock Determination based on MGEX Data (3037)
  • X. Han, Daylight tracking GNSS in the Changchun SLR station (3065)
  • D. Currie, Science Trades for Weight and Deployment of the LLRRA-21 (3106)
  • V. Glotov, Some Results of the GLONASS SLR Data Analysis in IAC PNT (3140)
  • S. Dell'Agnello, "Laser Ranging to Galileo", an ASI-INFN Project of the Italian Ministry of Research (3147)

Session 13: Lunar Laser Ranging Posters

  • Yu. Kokurin, LLR (Lunar Laser Ranging) in the Physical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences (3040)
  • M. Aimar, ODISSEE, a Promising Tool for Lunar Laser Ranging (3113)

Session 14: Planetary and Transponder Ranging Posters

  • D. Dirkx, Influence of Atmospheric Turbulence on Planetary Transceiver Laser Ranging (3087)
  • D. Mao, Summary of Ground Station Performance in 5 years of Laser Ranging Operation to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (3158)

Session 15: Operations Posters

  • J. Woo, Developments at the NASA SLR OC (3028)
  • Z. Wu, Current status in Shanghai SLR station (3031)
  • F. Qu, Comparison of Different Frequency Laser Ranging (3038)
  • C. Noll, Recent CDDIS Developments (3043)
  • C. Noll, The ILRS Website's Site Log Viewer Application (3045)
  • Y. Xiong, The Status and Plans of Satellite Laser Ranging at Yunnan Observatories (3050)
  • J. Griffiths, Preliminary Bias Estimates for SLR Observations at Stafford, Virginia (3054)
  • W. Smith, Status of SLR upgrades at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Optical Test Facility (3056)
  • R. Carman, Remote Control and Safety Upgrades at the Yarragadee MOBLAS-5 Station (3069)
  • S. Yu, Daekdeok Station Receive Optical System Upgrade (3076)
  • F. Deleflie, Dissemination of SLR data-related products through a Virtual Observatory: developments 2014-2015 (3084)
  • J. del Pino, A format proposal for reporting SLR-Airspace interaction Events (3107)
  • J. del Pino, A Spreadsheet tool for the visualization of long term calibration series parameters (3111)
  • C. Moore, Start Detector Time Walk Compensation (3133)
  • J. Luck, The Importance of Minicos (3134)
  • Y. Kim, A Status Report on KASI Prediction Center (KAS) (3137)
  • E. Pavlis, A Multi-platform Package for the Visualization of the ILRS QC Reports (3139)
  • M. Torrence, The ILRS "Global Report Card" (3163)
  • J. Woo, Tracking Statistics for High Performing SLR Stations (3166)

Session 18: New Applications: Laser Communications (Poster Only)

  • D.H. Phung, DOMINO: Laser Communication between SOTA, onboard SOCRATES satellite, and MEO Optical Ground Station (3095)