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19th International Workshop on Laser Ranging

Celebrating 50 Years of SLR: Remembering the Past and Planning for the Future


Abstract submission is now available through the workshop’s web portal:

New users will initially create an account and complete a profile. Once completed, attendees are then able to select the workshop from the list of meetings and press SUBMIT to view the "Abstract Submission" form. The abstract deadline has been EXTENDED to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

Abstracts will be accepted under the following topics:

  • Historical Perspectives: We seek contributions that highlight milestones in the development of the SLR technique, stations, networks, and technology (invited talks and posters).
  • Science through Missions: We seek contributions that showcase the science and mission support that were enabled by SLR tracking of the many missions the ILRS has supported over the years (invited talks and posters).
  • Science: We seek contributions that highlight the use of laser ranging data for geophysical, planetary and fundamental physics research. In addition to the classical areas of reference frame development and maintenance, precision orbit determination, gravitational modeling, and calibration of other techniques or instruments, we welcome contributions on the use of laser ranging data in new, innovative applications whether in the previous areas or even better, in new areas for cutting-edge science and engineering. In all cases the contributions should focus more on the scientific results and their interpretation and less on the technical aspects of the problem. Contributions that describe the synergistic combination of laser ranging data with those from other techniques will be particularly welcome. Similarly, the presentation of future missions that will utilize laser ranging data and the discussion of the resulting scientific benefits are highly desirable.
  • SLR and Service Organizations: We seek contributions on the ILRS and the impact of SLR to organizations such as the IAG and GGOS (invited talks and posters).
  • Future Missions: We seek contributions related to Missions that involve SLR, or other laser ranging, that are anywhere from the concept stage to the final mission planning stage.
  • From GNSS to the Moon: We seek contributions related to the ground or space segments of satellite laser ranging from GNSS altitude satellites, through geosynchronous, to Lunar Laser Ranging.
  • Advanced Technologies: We seek contributions on new hardware, software and techniques for improvements in SLR performance and automation.
  • New Applications: We seek contributions related to synergies between SLR and laser communication, orbital debris, time transfer, planetary ranging and other techniques.
  • Core Sites and Components: We seek contributions related to new or improved SLR stations that will be co-located with the other space geodetic techniques. Included in this topic area is how the different techniques will work together (scheduling, RFI, etc), surveying techniques for the sites, how the site ties will be obtained and maintained, and how the new Core Site Networks may be run.
  • Station Clinics: We seek contributions related to best practices for station engineers and operators, solution of common station problems, how to maintain station stability, and how to interact with the analysts in determining station bias and RMS. General contributions on ILRS operational components are also welcome.

Participants should follow the steps below to submit abstracts through the abstract portal:

  • Download the appropriate template from the workshop portal
  • Write the abstract (no more than two pages) using the format shown in the template
  • Create a PDF file (no larger than 1.5 MB)
  • Complete the abstract submission form and upload the abstract file

Abstracts may be submitted through the abstract portal and designated as an oral presentation or poster. The program committee may have to re-allocate oral requests to posters depending upon the number of abstracts received.

Poster specifications (maximum):

  • Height – 36 in (or 90 cm)
  • Width – 24 in (or 60 cm)