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KC Space Pirates and NASA's Power Beaming Challenge
Author(s): Brian Turner; Martin Lades
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Paper Abstract

The Space Elevator Games with $2 Million in prize money is one of the most exciting challenges in the NASA Centennial Challenges program. We had an 8kW TRUMPF laser beaming power straight up 1 kilometer to a moving vehicle. This paper is the team captain's analysis of the state of the art in power beaming, and the excitement and challenge of the games themselves. Predictions are made of what new technology we will see in the next round of the games coming spring 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7581, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications IV, 75810P (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857244
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Brian Turner, KC Space Pirates (United States)
Martin Lades, Consultant (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7581:
High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications IV
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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