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Power beaming with FEL lasers
Author(s): Michael C. Lampel; Mark S. Curtin; Robert J. Burke; Ralph A. Cover; George Rakowsky; Glenn T. Bennett
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Paper Abstract

FEL power beaming has broad application to space operations. The Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International Corporation has examined the commercial applications of beamed power from Earth to space using the Radio Frequency LINAC Free Electron Laser (RF FEL) and has determined that there is a substantial addressable market. Rocketdyne's experience in developing and demonstrating FEL technologies, optics and atmospheric compensation and advanced power and power distribution systems ideally positions the Division to conduct the initial demonstration to prove the feasibility of using a FEL to beam power to space platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1871, Intense Laser Beams and Applications, (6 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145226
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Lampel, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)
Mark S. Curtin, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)
Robert J. Burke, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)
Ralph A. Cover, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)
George Rakowsky, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)
Glenn T. Bennett, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1871:
Intense Laser Beams and Applications
William E. McDermott, Editor(s)

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