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THUNDERBALL: a power-beaming architecture for missile defense
Author(s): James P. Bell; Donald R. Ponikvar
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Paper Abstract

W.J. Schafer Associates has proposed an architecture for a laser system capable of not only beaming power from a ground site to space, but also capable of intercepting theater missiles during their boost phase for defense of ground troops in regional conflicts. The system comprises a ship-based multi-megawatt laser and beam control system, a relay mirror package mounted on a high altitude, long endurance, unmanned lighter-than-air vehicle, and a sensor package, mounted on the balloon, which directs the laser beam to the target and can also provide an early commitment of ground based kinetic energy interceptors. A system concept is presented, as well as an assessment of system effectiveness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2121, Laser Power Beaming, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174193
Show Author Affiliations
James P. Bell, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Donald R. Ponikvar, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2121:
Laser Power Beaming
Jack V. Walker; Edward E. Montgomery, Editor(s)

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