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Advanced beamed-energy and field propulsion conceptsSpecific phenomena which might lead to major advances in payload, range and terminal velocity of very advanced vehicle propulsion are studied. The effort focuses heavily on advanced propulsion spinoffs enabled by current government-funded investigations in directed-energy technology: i.e., laser, microwave, and relativistic charged particle beams. Futuristic (post-year 2000) beamed-energy propulsion concepts which indicate exceptional promise are identified and analytically investigated. The concepts must be sufficiently developed to permit technical understanding of the physical processes involved, assessment of the enabling technologies, and evaluation of their merits over conventional systems. Propulsion concepts that can be used for manned and/or unmanned missions for purposes of solar system exploration, planetary landing, suborbital flight, transport to orbit, and escape are presented. Speculations are made on the chronology of milestones in beamed-energy propulsion development, such as in systems applications of defense, satellite orbit-raising, global aerospace transportation, and manned interplanetary carriers.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Myrabo, L. N.
(BDM Corp. McLean, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
May 31, 1983
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:176108
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: JPL PROJ. 9950-1082
OTHER: JPL-956396
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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