Laser geodetic satellites: a high-accuracy scientific tool

  title={Laser geodetic satellites: a high-accuracy scientific tool},
  author={M. Pearlman and David A. Arnold and M. E. Davis and François Barlier and Richard Biancale and Vladimir P. Vasiliev and Ignazio Ciufolini and Antonio Paolozzi and Erricos C. Pavlis and Krzysztof Sośnica and Mathis Blo{\ss}feld},
  journal={Journal of Geodesy},
Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) began in the mid-1960s on satellites of opportunity with retro-reflectors intended as a part of intercomparison tests of satellite tracking techniques. Shortly thereafter, data from these satellites began to work their way into geodetic solutions and dedicated geodesy experiments. By early 1970s when future requirements for centimeter accuracy were envisioned, planning began for dedicated, spherical retro-reflector geodetic satellites. Built with high mass-to-area… 

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