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Physics of a ballistic missile defense - The chemical laser boost-phase defenseThe basic physics involved in proposals to use a chemical laser based on satellites for a boost-phase defense are investigated. After a brief consideration of simple physical conditions for the defense, a calculation of an equation for the number of satellites needed for the defense is made along with some typical values of this for possible future conditions for the defense. Basic energy and power requirements for the defense are determined. A sumary is made of probable minimum conditions that must be achieved for laser power, targeting accuracy, number of satellites, and total sources for power needed.
Document ID
19890064822
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Grabbe, Crockett L. (Iowa, University Iowa City, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
Publication Information
Publication: American Journal of Physics
Volume: 56
ISSN: 0002-9505
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-827
Distribution Limits
Public
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