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Overview of the space-based laser (SBL) program
Author(s): James F. Riker
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Paper Abstract

The Space Based Laser (SBL) program is concerned with both near-term feasibility of space lasers and also the desired operational capability for a robust SBL constellation. For the near term system, we have defined an Integrated Flight Experiment (IFX) that will integrate a high power laser device, a beam control system, and a large beam director, performing a lethal engagement against a boosting missile in the 2010-2014 time period. For the operational system, the program was conducted its Affordability and Architecture Study (AAS) for Dr. Jacques Gansler (former USD(AT&L)). We arrived at a particular set of solutions for a prescribed threat. These solutions include both pure SBL constellations and also combinations of SBL satellites and space-based relay mirrors (SBM). We also considered Air Borne Lasers (ABL) and Ground Based lasers (GBL) as complements to the SBL and SBM. In this paper, we describe the current status of both the IFX program, which is the principal recipient of current funding, and also a nascent SBL Technology program to address the needs of the operational system. For the technology program, we analyzed the specific technology areas we need to develop in order to realize the most pay off for operational SBL systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4632, Laser and Beam Control Technologies, (4 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469772
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James F. Riker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4632:
Laser and Beam Control Technologies
Santanu Basu; James F. Riker, Editor(s)

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