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Some results of a study of the effectiveness and cost of a laser-powered lightcraft vehicle system
Author(s): David H. Froning; Leon McKinney; Franklin B. Mead; C. William Larson; Alan Pike; Victor H. Hasson
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Paper Abstract

Laser-powered lightcraft systems that deliver microsatellites to low earth orbit have been studied for the Air Force Research Laboratory. One result of this study has been discovery of the significant influence of laser wavelength on the power lost during laser beam propagation through Earth’s atmosphere and in space. Here, energy and power losses in the laser beam are extremely sensitive to wavelength for earth-to-orbit missions. And this significantly affects the amount of mass that can be placed into orbit for a given maximum amount of radiated power from a ground-based laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5448, High-Power Laser Ablation V, (20 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547321
Show Author Affiliations
David H. Froning, Flight Unlimited (United States)
Leon McKinney, McKinney Associates (United States)
Franklin B. Mead, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
C. William Larson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Alan Pike, Defense Strategies and Systems Inc. (United States)
Victor H. Hasson, Trex Enterprises, Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5448:
High-Power Laser Ablation V
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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