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Laser propulsion for space applications: Is it another myth or a real potential?
Author(s): Joung R. Cook
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses different principles of inducing propulsive power using lasers and examines the performance limits along with pros and cons with respect to different space propulsion applications: satellite launching, orbital transfer, space debris clearing, satellite propulsion, and space travels. It concludes that a use of electrical propulsion, in conjunction with laser power beaming, is the most feasible application with technological and economic advantages for commercial use within the next decades.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6346, XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 63461J (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738683
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Joung R. Cook, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6346:
XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers

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