Tailoring Laser Propulsion for Future Applications in Space
Eckel, Hans-Albert and Scharring, Stefan
Tailoring Laser Propulsion for Future Applications in Space.
In: International Symposium on High Power Laser Ablation 2010, 1278, pp. 677-688.
American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY.
High Power Laser Ablation 8, 18.-22. April 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Pulsed laser propulsion may turn out as a low cost alternative for the transportation of small payloads in future. In recent years DLR investigated this technology with the goal of cheaply launching small satellites into low earth orbit (LEO) with payload masses on the order of 5 to 10 kg. Since the required high power pulsed laser sources are yet not at the horizon, DLR focused on new applications based on available laser technology. Space-borne, i.e. in weightlessness, there exist a wide range of missions requiring small thrusters that can be propelled by laser power. This covers space logistic and sample return missions as well as position keeping and attitude control of satellites.
First, a report on the proof of concept of a remote controlled laser rocket with a thrust vector steering device integrated in a parabolic nozzle will be given. Second, the road from the previous ground-based flight experiments in earth’s gravity using a 100-J class laser to flight experiments with a parabolic thruster in an artificial 2D-zero gravity on an air cushion table employing a 1-J class laser and, with even less energy, new investigations in the field of laser micro propulsion will be reviewed.
|Document Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)|
|Title:||Tailoring Laser Propulsion for Future Applications in Space|
|Authors||Institution or Email of Authors|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Symposium on High Power Laser Ablation 2010|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 677-688|
|Phipps, Claude||Photonic Associates, LLC|
|Publisher:||American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY|
|Series Name:||AIP Conference Proceedings|
|Keywords:||Laser propulsion, Free flight experiments, Steering, Lightcraft, Parabolic thruster, Impulse coupling coefficient, Remote control, Laser ablation, Microgravity, Air cushion table.|
|Event Title:||High Power Laser Ablation 8|
|Event Location:||Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA|
|Event Type:||international Conference|
|Event Dates:||18.-22. April 2010|
|Organizer:||Claude Phipps, Photonic Associates LLC|
|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|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Technical Physics|
|Deposited On:||19 Sep 2012 14:29|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2013 21:46|
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