10 May 2006 Laser power beaming infrastructure for space power and propulsion
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Laser power beaming permits radical improvements in spacecraft performance, and may be superior to nuclear power for some missions, including a lunar base. Recent developments in laser and large-optics technology make a laser power beaming infrastructure for space both more practical and easier to develop. In particular, Diode Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) technology appears ideally suited to power beaming at the 0.1 - 1 MW level. This paper discusses a possible architecture for such a power beaming infrastructure using ground-based lasers and geosynchronous relays.
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Jordin T. Kare, "Laser power beaming infrastructure for space power and propulsion", Proc. SPIE 6222, Sensors for Propulsion Measurement Applications, 62220W (10 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671943; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671943

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