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Space debris de-orbiting by vaporization impulse using short pulse laser
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Paper Abstract

Space debris constitutes a significant hazard to low earth orbit satellites and particularly to manned spacecraft. A quite small velocity decrease from vaporization impulses is enough to lower the perigee of the debris sufficiently for atmospheric drag to de-orbit the debris. A short pulse (picosecond) laser version of the Orion concept can accomplish this task in several years of operation. The "Mercury" short pulse Yb:S-FAP laser being developed at LLNL for laser fusion is appropriate for this task.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5448, High-Power Laser Ablation V, (20 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548832
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James T. Early, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Camille Bibeau, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Claude R. Phipps, Photonic Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5448:
High-Power Laser Ablation V
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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