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Propulsion by light: visions of the German pioneer Eugen Saenger

Bohn, W.L. (2004) Propulsion by light: visions of the German pioneer Eugen Saenger. In: XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 5777, pp. 986-992. SPIE. XV International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, GCL/HPL 2004 Prague, Czech Republic, 30. August – 3. September 2004.. ISBN 0-8194-5760-4.

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Abstract

Although the laser was not yet invented Eugen Saenger, one of the most prominent German personalities in the early development of hypersonic flight and rocket technology suggested to use photons for the propulsion of spacecrafts in the fifties. In contrast to current schemes which are mostly aimed at laser induced ablation processes, Eugen Saenger started with the idea of using the radiation pressure itself for propulsion purposes. A review of his pioneering work in that area will be supported by numerous historical documents and personal remembrance showing his effort to promote unconventional ideas. The paper also emphasizes how some of the original concepts are being revisited and partly implemented by using today's laser technology.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2005,
Title:Propulsion by light: visions of the German pioneer Eugen Saenger
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bohn, W.L.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Volume:5777
Page Range:pp. 986-992
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Jarmila Kodymova, UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:SPIE
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
ISBN:0-8194-5760-4
Status:Published
Keywords:laser propulsion
Event Title:XV International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, GCL/HPL 2004 Prague, Czech Republic, 30. August – 3. September 2004.
Organizer:Institute of Physics of Academy of Sciences CR
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 14:52

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