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Laser-jet method of cleaning debris from space
Author(s): Lev I. Kuznetsov; Viacheslav N. Yarygin
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Paper Abstract

The material evaporation under laser radiation is followed by the erosion plume formation generating a momentum transfer on the irradiated surface. Such a laser jet engine, formed on small-sized space debris within the laser effect area, allows the alteration of the velocity of debris, transferring them to lower orbits where they burn up completely in the upper atmosphere. This is done with comparatively lower power requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2121, Laser Power Beaming, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174194
Show Author Affiliations
Lev I. Kuznetsov, Institute of Thermophysics (Russia)
Viacheslav N. Yarygin, Institute of Thermophysics (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2121:
Laser Power Beaming
Jack V. Walker; Edward E. Montgomery IV, Editor(s)

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