Studies on the materials of LARES 2 satellite
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Citation of Original PublicationPaolozzi, A.; Sindoni, G.; Felli, F.; Pilone, D.; Brotzu, A.; Ciufolini, I.; Pavlis, E. C.; Paris, C.; Studies on the materials of LARES 2 satellite; Journal of Geodesy 93,11 pp 2437-2446 (2019); https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00190-019-01316-z
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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Geodesy. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00190-019-01316-z.
LARES 2 is an Italian Space Agency (ASI) satellite designed for testing with unprecedented accuracy frame-dragging, a fundamental prediction of General Relativity, and to contribute to space geodesy with a precision higher than any other satellite presently in orbit. The choice of the material for the body of LARES 2 satellite determines, along with its dimensions, the surface-to-mass ratio minimization which is the main requirement for the satellite. The paper will report the studies conducted for the fulfilment of the above mentioned requirement and the tests performed to qualify the materials for construction of the the satellite.