LARES2 (LAser RElativity Satellite 2) is producing very interesting data es expected.
#OHBItalia, which developed the platform system under the flag and coordination of #ASI-Italian Space Agency in collaboration with the scientific team of the Fermi Centre, La Sapienza University of Rome and INFN-Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, is very proud for such results.
The Matera Laser Ranging Observatory, at the ASI Space Centre, is receiving #laser “echoes” from the Satellite, launched on 13th July with the VEGA C maiden flight from ESA’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The LARES2 mission is now operational and is allowing a very precise measurement of the gravitomagnetic field (Lense-Thirring effect), predicted by #generalrelativitytheory.
Einstein’s theory, which, as well as quantum mechanics, is one of the two great revolutions in twentieth-century physics, has been verified by numerous experiments, but no one has so far successfully unified them.
In addition, recent discoveries related to cosmology and fundamental physics such as the acceleration in the expansion of the #Universe, which has been associated with mysterious #darkenergy, have generated renewed interest in ever more precise confirmations of Einstein’s #gravitationaltheory.
The position of LARES2, while it is orbiting about six thousand kilometers above the Earth’s surface, will be measured with the greatest precision achieved so far (+/- 1 mm). This extreme accuracy will be achieved thanks to the MLRO satellite laser #telemetrystation at the ASI Space Geodesy Centre in Matera, which is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.
OHB Italia is wishing you a relaxing summer break.
See you in September!