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The construction of a highly transportable laser ranging stationThe technology of the transportable Laser Ranging Station (TLRS) used in crustal dynamics studies was examined. The TLRS used a single photoelectron beam of limited energy density returned from the Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS). Calibration was accomplished by the diversion of a small portion of the outgoing beam attenuated to the same level as the satellite return. Timing for the system was based on a self calibrating Ortec TD811, 100 picosec time interval device. The system was contained in a modified, single chassis recreational vehicle that allowed rapid deployment. The TLRS system was only airmobile on the largest transport aircraft. A 30 cm simple plano/concave transfer lens telescope aided in beam direction. The TLRS system fulfills the need for an accurate method of obtaining range measurements to the LAGEOS satellite incorporated in a mobile, air transportable, and economical configuration.
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Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
November 2, 1980
Subject Category
Lasers And Masers
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:175400
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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