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25 January 2001 Requirements for launching payloads into low Earth orbit with a ground-based laser
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Proceedings Volume 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.414002
Event: XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, 2000, Florence, Italy
Abstract
We present results of computer simulations of the launch through the atmosphere of a cone-shaped flyer which demonstrate that laser ablation rockets, using a 1MW ground-based laser, can lift 6kg payloads into low earth orbit. We discuss optimization of delivered mass, mass ratio and energy cost.
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Claude R. Phipps, James P. Reilly, and Jonathan W. Campbell "Requirements for launching payloads into low Earth orbit with a ground-based laser", Proc. SPIE 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (25 January 2001); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.414002
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