The measurement of intersite distances with laser ranging to satellites has been demonstrated during the last few years for distances of several hundred to several thousand kilometres with precisions of a few tens of centimetres. These techniques are now being tested across the San Andreas fault in California where it is hoped plate motion will be observable after several years of measurements. The first measurements, between sites in southern and northern California, were made in 1972 and repeated again in 1974 with agreement between the baselines for each of the two years at the 10 cm level. The next measurements are planned for the summer of 1976. The results of these and related experiments will be described together with simulations of the projected capability using the high altitude Lageos satellite. General plans for future experiments will be described.