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Propulsion by laser power

Schall, W.O. (2004) Propulsion by laser power. In: XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, pp. 993-998. SPIE. XV Intern. Symp. on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, Prag, Tschechien, 30.8.-3.9.2004. ISBN 0-8194-5760-4.

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Abstract

Laser power can be transformed into propulsive power to set into motion various kinds of vehicles and other objects on the surface, in the air and in space. The transformation process can occur indirectly, for instance by producing electricity via photovoltaic cells or thermal power. Another possibility is the generation of impulses by the ablation of matter from a solid body, or by the initiation of a high-pressure plasma breakdown wave in a fluid medium. Applications range from driving remotely powered roving vehicles to various kinds of thrusters for space propulsion. The direct thrust of the laser photon flux can be used for the propulsion of laser sailcrafts. Applications in space range from micropropulsion for satellite attitude control in the near-term to futuristic interstellar travel driven by photon propulsion. Other propulsive applications in space concern the change of orbits of objects like man-made orbital debris as well as of large objects (asteroids, comets) for protection of Earth against disastrous impacts.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004, monograph_id=5777,
Title:Propulsion by laser power
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Schall, W.O.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Page Range:pp. 993-998
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Jarmila Kodymova, UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:SPIE
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
ISBN:0-8194-5760-4
Status:Published
Keywords:laser propulsion, lightcraft, laser ablation
Event Title:XV Intern. Symp. on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, Prag, Tschechien, 30.8.-3.9.2004
Organizer:Institute of Physics of Academy of Sciences, Prag
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:L - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hans-Albert Eckel
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 14:51

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