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NORAD ID: 38077
Int'l Code: 2012-006A
Perigee: 1,445.9 km
Apogee: 1,456.2 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 Lense–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   19020.03621649 -.00000059  00000-0 -12384-3 0  9994
2 38077  69.4904 232.8767 0006601  73.7817 286.3929 12.54930730317778
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC