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Pulsed Laser Propulsion Experiments

Schall, W.O. and Eckel, Hans-Albert (2004) Pulsed Laser Propulsion Experiments. Space Technology, 24 (2-3), pp. 129-135.

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Pulsed thermal laser propulsion can become a very efficient, relatively near term technology for cheaply launching small satellites into LEO with payload masses on the order of 5 to 10 kg. In addition to flight demonstrations in the laboratory measurements of fundamental propulsion parameters in the atmospheric environment as well as at reduced pressures down to 1 mbar have been made for a parabolic thruster, called “Lightcraft”. The propulsion mode was either air breathing or with a plastic material as solid propellant. The results serve to model a typical launch of a nanosat type laser-propelled vehicle into LEO. A two-stage operation with an air-breathing mode in the denser atmosphere can solve the propellant consuming, drag dominated transition through the atmosphere. System requirements and estimated costs for establishing a commercial launch system will be discussed.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2005,
Title:Pulsed Laser Propulsion Experiments
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Eckel, Hans-AlbertUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Space Technology
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 129-135
Keywords:Laser propulsion, Satellites, Low Earth orbits
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:29 Apr 2010 20:41

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