Accession Number:

ADA339076

Title:

Program and Applications for a Near-Term Laser Launch System

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This note discusses possible applications of a minimum-size laser launch system capable of launching 20 kg payloads into orbit. Such a launcher could greatly reduce the cost, and increase the capability, of space-based system, particularly in connection with Brilliant Pebbles technology. The ongoing SDIO laser Propulsion Program has experimentally demonstrated the basic properties of a laser propulsion thruster, and analyzed many of the physics and technology issues involved in building a launcher. This note also presents the outline of a 5 year program to build such a launcher, starting with a modest extension of the current SDIO Program.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE