Tracking Capability Analysis of ARGO-M Satellite Laser Ranging System for STSAT-2 and KOMPSAT-5

  • Lim, Hyung-Chul (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Seo, Yoon-Kyung (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Na, Ja-Kyung (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Bang, Seong-Cheol (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Lee, Jin-Young (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Cho, Jung-Hyun (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Park, Jang-Hyun (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) ;
  • Park, Jong-Uk (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)
  • Received : 2010.05.26
  • Accepted : 2010.08.20
  • Published : 2010.09.15


Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) has developed a mobile satellite laser ranging (SLR) system called ARGO-M since 2008 for space geodesy research and precise orbit determination technologies using SLR with mm level accuracy. ARGO-M is capable of night tracking and daylight tracking for which requires spatial, spectral and time filters due to high background noises. In this study, characteristics and specifications of ARGO-M are discussed and its tracking capabilities of night and daylight tracking are analyzed for STSAT-2B and KOMPSAT-5 through link budget. Additionally false alarm and signal detection probabilities are also analyzed depending on spectral and time filters for daylight tracking for these satellites.


ARGO-M;link budget;false alarm probability;signal detection probability


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