Information resources supporting scientific research for the international...

Noll, C., R. L. Ricklefs, J. Horvath, H. Müller, C. Schwatke, and M. Torrence (2019), Information resources supporting scientific research for the international laser ranging service , Journal of Geodesy, 93, 2211-2225, doi:10.1007/s00190-018-1207-2.

The International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) through its permanent components (Tracking Stations, Operations Centers, Data Centers, Analysis Centers, Central Bureau, and Governing Board) distributes satellite and lunar laser ranging data and derived products to support global, multidisciplinary scientific research. The ILRS Data Centers and Central Bureau serve as the primary source for information, data, and products for this global user community. The ILRS website,, is a key tool for communication for the service, providing background information on the ILRS, its organization and operation, and detailed descriptions of ILRS components, data, and products. Links are provided to extensive information on the supported satellite missions and ILRS network stations including performance assessments and data quality evaluations. Furthermore, the website connects users to archives of laser ranging data and derived products available through the data centers. In this paper, we discuss the development of the ILRS infrastructure, its current status, website resources, description of laser ranging data and products, and plans for future enhancements.

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Space Geodesy Project