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Data and Software Questions / Python library for (new) CRD format
« Last post by ZhipengLiang on October 24, 2018, 04:12:45 AM »
Hey everybuddy,

Today, while writing my own CRD-parsing python3 code, I felt a little bit wheel-reinventing :-\

Since the new CRD/CPF format is going to release at the Canberra meeting, I guess it's time to think about our new CRD2.0 python library?
It should have following functions: verify the CRD2.0 format, extract data, etc.

I found in GitHub the CRD/CPF library from Olli Wilkman:

Could be a good start.
Links to Publications / The next generation of SLR systems
« Last post by Matt Wilkinson on October 09, 2018, 03:31:33 PM »
As part of the Journal of Geodesy Special Issue on Satellite Laser Ranging. My co-authors and I published an article titled The next generation of satellite laser ranging systems

SLR stations around the world are upgrading and redesigning. Some stations are specialising in new, complementary applications. Yet there remains challenges for the future

Dear Jose,

I didn't check the forum for a while, however I made a comparison between the formula I found on some Arnold's papers and the one I was using, here are the results:

Peak           Arnold     my simulation
1-2            28.9680   24.9776
1-3          110.7177   95.8031
1-4          243.2109  211.6056
1-5          423.1052  370.6967

the new value seems to reproduce correctly the data from RETRO. Now I'll try to see what can I do on the peak intensities.

Thanks again

Station Equipment Questions / Re: Meteorological station
« Last post by serna_yebes on July 20, 2018, 08:00:48 AM »
Good morning Jorge, and thank you very much for your comments.
I need to verify the current sampling rate of the meteo station at Yebes.
The local microclimate is not also a problem here, as I told you the meteo station is about 60 meters from the planned SLR location. And yes, it has an anemometer. We will use the info from the anemometer (jointly with the rain on/off detector) to control the dome in case of risk.
We are buying a good all-sky camera and a rain detector to be installed in the SLR roof. We will buy also a cloud detector.
So I think we will install, in the SLR station optimum position, a new meteo station (JUST pressure, temp and RH) and share the other data from the meteo station in the observatory. This way we´ll also have redundant info from the barometers.

Station Equipment Questions / Re: Meteorological station
« Last post by delpino@riga on July 19, 2018, 12:46:10 PM »
Serna Yebes

I think that all participants on the Networks and Engineering Standing Committee Forum will agree on the following points:

•   The coordinates and in particular the height difference between the barometric sensor in use and the telescope invariant point should be included, measured and known in the local geodetic network.

•   The sensors (and in particular the barometer, which is the most difficult to calibrate “in situ”) should be calibrated periodically, (how we define “periodic” will be another looooong discussion).

•   What is now the sampling data rate of the current Yebes meteorological station?
Most SLR and GPS stations works at 10 minutes (at sharp second) sampling rate.
Remember that the pressure resolution asked is 0.1 milibar, and most of time, the pressure change rate in 10 minutes is less or equal than that.

•   The meteodata should be time tagged and available immediately at the local network, not only the last measurement done, but also the proceeding ones.

•   This is because the best practice is to include both pre- and post- meteorological values on the Normal point and this Normal Point file should be generated and delivered as soon as possible.
But if you do the “batch filtering” every few hours, you need to have access to the data of at least the last couple of days (to have a monthly file is a good compromise)

•   If the “local microclimate” at Yebes is (more or less) the same at the meteorological and SLR places, for example both places are surrounded by grass, this distance is not a problem.
In Riga we are using a common meteorological station at a distance of 32m (GPS) and 50m (SLR)

•   Do the current meteorological station has an anemometer?
Do you have strong winds at Yebes?
Because for really strong winds, automatically closing the roof/cupola/clamshell will be a good security measure against flying objects.
At the new buildings at GFZ Potsdam, all the windows have external Venetian blinds connected to a central anemometer. When the wind reaches a limit all the blinds are automatically lowered to protect the windowpanes

•   Invest the money on the best clarity/rain sensor in which the rain/snow alarm can be used to automatically close the SLR roof AND on a high quality all-Sky camera!
When several satellites are visible and it is partially cloudy, the all-Sky camera is the best tool for the on-the-spot tracking optimization.

And if you have a LOT of money project, and buy the independent, well calibrated SLR basic meteorological station situated at the SLR invariant height, no one at the SLR community will complain!.

Station Equipment Questions / Re: Meteorological station
« Last post by serna_yebes on July 19, 2018, 11:06:09 AM »
Good morning.
We are thinking about the optimum meteorological station for our new SLR system.
In the observatory we have a complete meteo station (pluviometer, anemometer, pyranometer, temp, pressure, humidity...).
Do you think we could use the data from this station for our SLR system? it is more or less 60m away from the planned SLR location.
Or could it be better to have a new station just close to the SLR station?
Perhaps we can share the data from the pluviometer, anemomenter, pyranometer...and install close to the SLR station in the optimum position-height the pressure-temp-humidity sensors + the rain detector on/off.
Thank you :)
Sorry for the late reply.

You are right, the intensities in the LAGEOS-2 report figure are funny. In any case, I wouldn't sweat it trying to match that data. As for the geometry, I get about 111 ps from the retro in the north pole and the third ring. It may be worth checking the expressions for the delay provided in the reports by D. Arnold, just in case what you are using is somehow different...
Dear Jose,

thanks for the reply, actualy both intensity and delay don't match, see the attached figure. The delay between the first and third peak is 95 ps, while in the paper is clearly more than 100. The intensities however are much more in disageement. One thing that surprises me in the ficure 5.5.1 is the ratio between the first and the third peak, which I'd expect to remain constant also when varying the pulse duration. On the contrary, I see that for 10 ps they are almost equal, for 30 ps the first peak si much smaller than the third, for 60 ps they are again similar and for 130 ps the first is again smaller. 


In what way your results don't match those of fig. 5.5.1? The models given in Degnan's paper are based on empirical approximations, if I remember correctly, so I wouldn't expect the intensities to be spot on. But the geometry (delay) should be fine. Did you get this bit right for the orientation shown in the figure, i.e. a laser incident on the north pole of the satellite?
Mission Tracking Feedback / Re: S-NET tracking
« Last post by zizung on June 13, 2018, 05:59:53 PM »
thank you!
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