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NORAD ID: 38077
Int'l Code: 2012-006A
Perigee: 1,445.2 km
Apogee: 1,456.9 km
Inclination: 69.5 °
Period: 114.7 minutes
Semi major axis: 7822 km
RCS: 0.0386 m2 (small)
Launch date: February 13, 2012
Source: Italy (IT)
Launch site: FRENCH GUIANA (FRGUI)
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LARES (Laser Relativity Satellite) is an Italian Space Agency scientific satellite which was launched by the new European launch vehicle Vega. The satellite, completely passive, is made of tungsten alloy and houses 92 cube corner retroreflectors that are used to track the satellite via laser from stations on Earth. LARES's body has a diameter of about 36.4 centimetres (14 in) and weighs about 400 kilograms (882 lb). LARES was inserted in an orbit with 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) of perigee, an inclination from 60 to 86 degrees and reduced eccentricity. The satellite is tracked by the International Laser Ranging Service stations. The main scientific target of the LARES mission is the measurement of the Lenseā€“Thirring effect, also known as frame-dragging, with an accuracy of about 1%. The reliability of such an estimate has been controversial. The LARES satellite may also be used for measurements in the fields of geodynamics and satellite geodesy.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 38077U 12006A   17323.46934173 -.00000072  00000-0 -20550-3 0  9993
2 38077  69.4927 241.4948 0007453 129.8283 230.3399 12.54930443264251
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC