Laser retroreflectors on recent NOSS?

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Fri Aug 27 2010 - 16:30:43 UTC

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    I just came across a paper(*) that, viewed at the right angle, suggests that at least some of the more recent NOSS satellites carry laser retroreflectors (corner cubes).  These may be used for precision orbit determination, with one laser being on the grounds of the Naval Research Laboratory's Midway Research Center at 38.49921 N, 77.37109 W.
    
    I'm not sure if the retroreflectors, even if present, would produce any visible effect under ordinary conditions, but it might be something to look for. 
    
    
    (*) http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA334920&Locat
        
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