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Japanese activity on laser applications in space
Author(s): Yoshiharu Tsujikawa; Kazuo Imasaki; Masayuki Niino; Yoshinari Minami; Yoshio Hatsuda
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the Japanese activity of the laser application in space. The features of lunar energy network system) are shown. The design target is to get an innovative energy transfer system using laser. This project consists of four phases; fundamental technology development, high power laser, energy transfer from space and lunar energy park concept. The recent results of LOTV (Laser Orbit Transfer Vehicle concept) by advanced space propulsion investigation committee are shown. The target is to realize the low cost space transportation system using laser ablation. Due to this LOTV network, the transportation cost can be reduced to less than one twenty-fifth of the current cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3885, High-Power Laser Ablation II, (1 February 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.376985
Show Author Affiliations
Yoshiharu Tsujikawa, Osaka Prefecture Univ. (Japan)
Kazuo Imasaki, Institute for Laser Technology (Japan)
Masayuki Niino, National Aerospace Lab. (Japan)
Yoshinari Minami, NEC Corp. (Japan)
Yoshio Hatsuda, NEC Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3885:
High-Power Laser Ablation II
Claude R. Phipps; Masayuki Niino, Editor(s)

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