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Beamed energy transportation initiatives at MSFC
Author(s): Edward E. Montgomery IV
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Paper Abstract

A historical summary review of recent component technology advancements within NASA's program for launch vehicles and space transfer systems utilizing high average power laser beams sets the foundation of this paper. Research into highly speculative propulsion alternatives is being sponsored by the advanced concepts branch of the Advanced Space Transportation Program. Topics include such high payoff technologies as an energy beam fired combined cycle rocket engine for launch of small payloads from the ground to space and high specific impulse upper stage propulsion utilizing energy supplied from photovoltaic arrays illuminated with a ground based laser. The NASA beamed energy transportation (BET) development plan is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2988, Free-Electron Laser Challenges, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274391
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Edward E. Montgomery IV, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2988:
Free-Electron Laser Challenges
Patrick G. O'Shea; Harold E. Bennett, Editor(s)

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