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This map contains lasers like The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS), International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS), Starfire Optical Range, White Sands Missile Range Directed-Energy test site and other high-power laser sites around the world!

Starfire Optical Pond

Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS)

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The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS), which can track objects as small as a basketball more than 20,000 miles in space, play a vital role in tracking space objects, particularly those in deep space. Over 1,200 objects, including geostationary communications satellites, are in deep space more than 3,000 miles from earth.

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International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS)

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Satellite laser ranging uses lasers to measure ranges from ground stations to satellite borne retro-reflectors to the millimeter level. The primary mission of the ILRS as stated in the organization’s Terms of Reference is “to support, through satellite and lunar laser tracking data and related products, geodetic and geophysical research activities.

The primary objective of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) is to provide a service to support, through Satellite and Lunar Laser Ranging data and related products, geodetic and geophysical research activities as well as IERS products important to the maintenance of an accurate International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF). The service also develops the necessary standards/specifications and encourages international adherence to its conventions.

The ILRS collects, merges, archives and distributes Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) and Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR) observation datasets of sufficient accuracy to satisfy the objectives of a wide range of scientific, engineering, and operational applications and experimentation. These datasets are used by the ILRS to generate a number of scientific and operational data products including but not limited to:

ILRS Webpage
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White Sands Missile Range, US Air Force Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate

Defense/Surveillance Lasers: Directed Energy Weapons
A directed-energy weapon (DEW) emits energy in an aimed direction without the means of a projectile. It transfers energy to a target for a desired effect. Intended effects may be non-lethal or lethal. Some such weapons are real, or are under active research and development. Source: Wikipedia
See: Directed Energy Weapons 101: Sonic, Microwave, Laser, and Non-Lethal Warfare

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