SLR monthly normal point data


Data Center Citation

Noll, Carey E., The Crustal Dynamics Data Information System: A resource to support scientific analysis using space geodesy, Advances in Space Research, Volume 45, Issue 12, 15 June 2010, Pages 1421-1440, ISSN 0273-1177,

Data Citation

International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS), SLR monthly normal point data, Greenbelt, MD, USA:NASA Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS), Accessed [[enter user data access date]] at doi:10.5067/SLR/slr_data_monthly_npt_001.

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  • Name: SLR monthly normal point data
  • Format: CRD, CSTG
  • Spatial Coverage: 90.0 to -90.0, 180.0 to -180.0
  • Temporal Coverage: 1983-01-01 to present
  • Temporal Resolution: Monthly
  • File Size: 5Mb
  • Platforms: See ILRS mission information


Laser ranging normal points constitute the primary ILRS data product; they are generated following the conclusion of the laser pass and typically transmitted to the CDDIS within hours of the observation. SLR normal point data are transmitted in hourly and daily files where each files contain all data collected by the ILRS operations center in the previous hour or daily time period. Each day, the CDDIS updates monthly satellite-specific files containing all normal point data received to date for the month. The monthly files contain all normal point data for each satellite during the month.

CRD format started testing in 2008 and became operational in January 2011. ILRS/CSTG formats were used for normal point data from 1976 through 2011.

Data Access

SLR monthly normal point data are online. The starting directory varies based on the CRD format version available. Differences between the versions are documented on the ILRS website at

in subdirectories by satellite name and year as follows:


Code Meaning
SATNAME Satellite name
YYYY4-digit year
MM 2-digit month