2016-2019 ILRS Report

International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) 2016-2019 Report
Edited by C. Noll and M. Pearlman

This 2016-2019 volume is the sixth published report for the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS). As in the previous report, we have chosen to concentrate on achievements and work in progress rather than ILRS organizational elements. The 2016-2019 ILRS Annual Report is structured as follows:

Full citation:

International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) 2016-2019 Report, edited by C. Noll and M. Pearlman, NASA/TP-20205008530, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, 2020


  • Introduction, examines the ILRS contribution to GGOS and the computation of the ITRF and its synergy with the other geodetic techniques.
  • The Role of Laser Ranging, details the SLR and LLR contributions to science and their role in other applications.
  • About the ILRS, reviews the service, its mission, structure, and role in space geodesy.
  • ILRS Operations, provides a report from the ILRS Central Bureau, summarizes developments at the ILRS Operations and Data Centers, and reviews website development, station performance reporting, and ILRS-related publications.
  • Emerging Technologies, provides information on current trends in engineering and technology development within the ILRS and with the laser ranging technique.
  • Mission Support, provides an overview on ILRS support of satellite missions, reports from recent missions requesting ILRS support, and plans for the future.
  • ILRS Analysis Activities, provides an overview on ILRS support of satellite
  • ILRS Network, provides the current status and recent performance statistics ofthe international stations supporting the ILRS and offers a perspective on site surveys andsystem co-locations. This section also includes contributed reports from stations in theILRS network.
  • Standing Committee, Study Group, and Board Reports, details the status of theILRS Standing Committees, Study Groups, and Quality Control Board covering recentaccomplishments and future plans.
  • ILRS Meeting Summaries, reviews ILRS-related meetings in the 2016-2019 timeframe.
  • Meeting Summaries, reviews ILRS-related meetings in 2009-2010 and reports issued by the service over that period.
  • Bibliography, lists some of the papers and presentations about SLR and LLR science and technology made during 2009-2010.
  • Appendices, ILRS Information, lists organizations participating in the ILRS, and defines acronyms used in this report.


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Section PDF size - KB
Full document 140,000
Front Cover 8,000
Section 0 - Table of Contents, etc 100
Section 1 - Introduction 900
Section 2 - The Role of Laser Ranging 1,100
Section 3 - About the ILRS 2,800
Section 4 - ILRS Operations 940
Section 5 - Emerging Technologies 1,040
Section 6 - Mission Support 1,140
Section 7 - ILRS Analysis Activities 6,300
Section 8 - ILRS Network 113,100
Section 9 - ILRS Standing Committee/Study Group/Board Reports 2,900
Section 10 - ILRS Meeting Summaries 3,700
Appendix - ILRS Information 490
Back Cover 4,000