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USB-powered technology platform for laser ablative thrust generation

Bauer, Toni and Weixler, Sebastian and Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeus and Eckel, Hans-Albert (2021) USB-powered technology platform for laser ablative thrust generation. OSA Continuum, 4 (4), pp. 1304-1315. Optical Society of America. doi: 10.1364/OSAC.419481. ISSN 2578-7519.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1364/OSAC.419481


Small satellites gave the opportunity to universities all over the world, allowing their students to participate in a complete satellite mission. After some years, the graduating students and the developing technologies for satellites as small as a 1 liter cube, have reached a point where a new type of space industry is developing and gaining importance. Despite all possibilities and components available for such systems, it is still a very difficult task to maneuver these satellites due to the lack of compact and efficient thruster systems. Here we demonstrate the compactification of a laser ablative thruster concept called MICROLAS. We verify the functionality of all sub components and demonstrate ablation under vacuum conditions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/144894/
Document Type:Article
Title:USB-powered technology platform for laser ablative thrust generation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bauer, Tonitoni.bauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Weixler, SebastianSebastian.Weixler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeusraoul.lorbeer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3674-9796
Eckel, Hans-AlbertHans-Albert.Eckel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4581-6375
Date:15 April 2021
Journal or Publication Title:OSA Continuum
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1364/OSAC.419481
Page Range:pp. 1304-1315
Publisher:Optical Society of America
Keywords:Laser, Laser ablation, MEMS, Laser ablative thrust, cube sat, thruster, attitude control
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Studies and Concepts
Deposited By: Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeus
Deposited On:17 Nov 2021 16:26
Last Modified:17 Nov 2021 16:26

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