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Laser propulsion for orbit transfer - Laser technology issuesUsing reasonable near-term mission traffic models (1991-2000 being the assumed operational time of the system) and the most current unclassified laser and laser thruster information available, it was found that space-based laser propulsion orbit transfer vehicles (OTVs) can outperform the aerobraked chemical OTV over a 10-year life-cycle. The conservative traffic models used resulted in an optimum laser power of about 1 MW per laser. This is significantly lower than the power levels considered in other studies. Trip time was taken into account only to the extent that the system was sized to accomplish the mission schedule.
Document ID
19850058525
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Horvath, J. C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Frisbee, R. H. (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1985
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 85-1550
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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