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Requirements for launching payloads into low Earth orbit with a ground-based laser
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Paper Abstract

We present results of computer simulations of the launch through the atmosphere of a cone-shaped flyer which demonstrate that laser ablation rockets, using a 1MW ground-based laser, can lift 6kg payloads into low earth orbit. We discuss optimization of delivered mass, mass ratio and energy cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (25 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.414002
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Claude R. Phipps, Photonic Associates Inc. (United States)
James P. Reilly, Northeast Science and Technology, Inc. (United States)
Jonathan W. Campbell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4184:
XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Antonio Lapucci; Marco Ciofini, Editor(s)

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