On the horizon: new ESA Laser Ranging Station (ELRS) with debris tracking capabilities

Kloth, A.; Steinborn, J.; Schildknecht, Thomas; Steindorfer, M.; Koidl, F.; Kirchner, G. (2019). On the horizon: new ESA Laser Ranging Station (ELRS) with debris tracking capabilities. In: Proceedings of ESA NEO SST Conference. Darmstadt, Germany. 22 - 24 January 2019.

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A new, mostly COTS based “Laser Ranging Station for Cooperative Targets” is being built for the European Space Agency (ESA) by a consortium of European companies and institutes (D, A, CH, LV) under the lead of DiGOS Potsdam GmbH. The objective of the ELRS is to establish a flexible and economical basis for various optical applications. Starting with laser ranging to cooperative targets and demonstrating passive-optical debris tracking, the system provides the adaptability for future applications to be integrated including laser ranging to non-cooperative targets/debris, space-to-ground laser communication, and for serving as a general test bed for optical technologies. We will present the multi-purpose concept and the flexibilities of the ELRS design with a focus on current and future debris tracking capabilities which are being strongly advanced together with the scientific partners IWF and AIUB.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Astronomy

UniBE Contributor:

Schildknecht, Thomas


500 Science > 520 Astronomy




Alessandro Vananti

Date Deposited:

05 Feb 2020 13:09

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05 Feb 2020 13:09





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