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Concept for a laser propulsion based nanosat launch system

Eckel, Hans-Albert and Schall, W.O. (2003) Concept for a laser propulsion based nanosat launch system. International Symposium on Beamed Energy Propulsion, Sendai, Japan, 20.-23.10.03.

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Laser propulsion offers the potential to become a competitive alternative for the rapid, efficient transport of small satellites from ground into low earth orbit. Based on recent laser propulsion experiments in our laboratory at DLR we studied the mission characteristics for a 50 kg satellite launch. This comprises reflections on the available or required laser power, the transition of the lightcraft through the atmosphere, the laser range, the transmissivity of the atmosphere for the laser radiation, the turning of the vehicle for final orbit insertion and some general restrictions to the launch site. Finally we present a roadmap for the development of a commercial laser propulsion based launch system for nanosatellites in Europe.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2003,
Title:Concept for a laser propulsion based nanosat launch system
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Eckel, Hans-AlbertUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:lightcraft, laser propulsion
Event Title:International Symposium on Beamed Energy Propulsion, Sendai, Japan, 20.-23.10.03
Organizer:Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:L - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Laser Research and Technology
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hans-Albert Eckel
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:29 Apr 2010 20:33

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