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DOD and Navy applications for laser power beaming
Author(s): Harold E. Bennett
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Paper Abstract

Satellites are of vital importance to the Department of Defense and the Navy as well as to the civilian economy. For example, about 90% of the communications to the fleet are by satellite. Economical means for putting satellites into orbit and maintaining and extending their lifetimes in orbit are just as important for the military as for civilian industries. There is also a significant economic impact to the ability to repair rather than replace satellites that are malfunctioning or have been inserted into the wrong orbits. Laser power beaming can not only accomplish these tasks but also promises to move satellites in orbit quickly and inexpensively, provide boost power for degraded satellites or those which suffer intentional jamming from adversaries, remove space junk even in geosynchronous orbit and provide very high resolution pictures of objects in space by eliminating atmospheric disturbances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2376, Laser Power Beaming II, (26 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208217
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Harold E. Bennett, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2376:
Laser Power Beaming II
Harold E. Bennett; Richard D. Doolittle, Editor(s)

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