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Space Sustainability by Laser Propulsion - DLR Research from Launch to Post-Mission Disposal

Scharring, Stefan and Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeus (2023) Space Sustainability by Laser Propulsion - DLR Research from Launch to Post-Mission Disposal. IP-CCI Workshop on Innovative Propulsion, 2023-06-28 - 2023-06-30, Noordwijk, Niederlande.

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Abstract

An overview is given on laser propulsion studies carried in the recent decades at the Institute of Technical Physics at DLR in Stuttgart. Laser-based propulsion concepts for spacecraft range from laser-ablation micropropulsion via remotely powered orbital transfer for, e.g., post-mission disposal up to launch concepts for picosatellites powered from a ground-based high energy laser. These concepts offer great benefits in terms of space sustainability by choosing non-toxic propellants and, in the case of remotely powered propulsion, even dramatically reducing the amount of required propellant by orders of magnitude. In addition to that, the related laser technology can be employed for risk mitigation in and protection of the orbital environment by space debris collision avoidance and de-orbiting from the Low Earth Orbit. In conclusion, research and development should focus on propulsion-specific high-power lasers as a backbone for these promising space applications.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/195830/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Space Sustainability by Laser Propulsion - DLR Research from Launch to Post-Mission Disposal
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Scharring, StefanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lorbeer, Raoul-AmadeusUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3674-9796UNSPECIFIED
Date:29 June 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Laser propulsion, space debris, lightcraft, micropropulsion, post-mission disposal, space debris, debris removal, collision avoidance, high energy laser, high power laser, adaptive optics
Event Title:IP-CCI Workshop on Innovative Propulsion
Event Location:Noordwijk, Niederlande
Event Type:Workshop
Event Start Date:28 June 2023
Event End Date:30 June 2023
Organizer:ESA ESTEC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project Use of Lasers for the Detection of Space Debris
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Active Optical Systems
Institute of Technical Physics > Solid State Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
Deposited By: Scharring, Stefan
Deposited On:25 Jul 2023 10:47
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:56

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