Small and lightweight laser retro-reflector arrays for lunar landers.

@article{Sun2019SmallAL,
  title={Small and lightweight laser retro-reflector arrays for lunar landers.},
  author={Xiaoli Sun and Desir{\'e}e E.C. Smith and Evan D. Hoffman and Shane Wake and Daniel R. Cremons and Erwan Mazarico and Jean-Marie Lauenstein and Maria T. Zuber and Edward C. Aaron},
  journal={Applied optics},
  year={2019},
  volume={58 33},
  pages={
          9259-9266
        }
}
A set of small and lightweight laser retro-reflector arrays (LRAs) was fabricated and tested for use on lunar landers under NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Service program. Each array contains eight 1.27-cm-diameter corner cube retro-reflectors mounted on a dome-shaped aluminum structure. The arrays are 5.0 cm in diameter at the base, 1.6 cm in height, and 20 g in mass. They can be tracked by an orbiting laser altimeter, such as the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, from a distance of a few… Expand
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