Surveys in Geophysics

, Volume 22, Issue 5–6, pp 473–480 | Cite as

Precise Orbit Determination With Slr: Setting The Standard

  • Ron Noomen


The technique of Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) provides a direct andunambiguous observation of the distance between a station on the surfaceof Earth and specially equipped spacecraft. This paper discusses thedevelopment with time of the technique, the computation model that isnecessary to derive a highly accurate description of the satelliteephemeris and the quality of the latter. At this moment, an absolute measurement accuracy of better than 1 cm, highly detailed computation models and orbital qualities of several centimeters arestate-of-the-art.

International Laser Ranging Service Satellite Laser Ranging satellite orbits 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ron Noomen
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft Institute for Earth Oriented Space ResearchDelftThe Netherlands

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