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Beamed Energy Propulsion, Seventh International Symposium

Eckel, Hans-Albert and Scharring, Stefan, eds. (2011) Beamed Energy Propulsion, Seventh International Symposium. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1402. American Institute of Physics. ISBN 978-0-7354-0974-3. ISSN 0094-243X

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Abstract

Beamed Energy Propulsion (BEP) is a revolutionary technology for future space transportation. Typically, BEP vehicles are driven by power that can be beamed from a remote, reusable, and long-range source. Due to the limited availability of high power long-range sources, propulsion concepts based on onboard radiation sources have become more and more important. Although the majority of modern BEP techniques are based on lasers, the scope of ISBEP also covers other forms of directed energy, such as microwave and x-ray radiation. In combination with a multitude of propulsive mechanisms such as blast waves, ablation, photon pressure, vaporization, photodesorption, and alike, BEP stays on a forefront of modern physics and engineering. Beamed Energy Propulsion offers unique propulsive characteristics which are superior to traditional thrusters. Vehicles driven by BEP will be smaller, lighter, faster, and more efficient than any currently existing means of space transportation. In addition, BEP offers new and often unique technical solutions which are unattainable by traditional means of propulsion. Here I would like to mention the lack of appropriate highly precise thrusters for attitude and orbit control of scientific satellite missions or formation flight scenarios and the increasing problem of space debris. Both are challenging problems of current interest. BEP technologies, like laser ablative micro propulsion and laser based debris removal, are the most promising efforts to tackle these challenges in the future.

Document Type:Proceedings
Title:Beamed Energy Propulsion, Seventh International Symposium
Date:11 November 2011
Volume:1402
Number of Pages:500
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Eckel, Hans-Alberthans-albert.eckel@dlr.de
Scharring, Stefanstefan.scharring@dlr.de
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN:0094-243X
ISBN:978-0-7354-0974-3
Status:Published
Keywords:Beamed Energy Propulsion, Laser propulsion, Lightcraft, High energy laser, Microwave propulsion, Micropropulsion, Space debris, Laser ablation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Laser Research and Technology
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics
Deposited By: Stefan Scharring
Deposited On:02 Dec 2011 15:05
Last Modified:02 Dec 2011 15:05

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