The powering of aircraft with laser energy from a solar power satellite may be a promising new approach to the critical problem of rising cost of fuel for aircraft transportation systems. The result is a nearly fuelless, pollution-free flight transportation system which is cost-competitive with the fuel-conservative airplane of the future. The major components of this flight system include a laser power satellite, relay satellites, laser-powered turbofans and a conventional airframe. The relay satellites are orbiting optical systems which intercept the beam from a power satellite and refocus and redirect the beam to its next target.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • In: NASA, Langley Research Center, Second Beamed Space-Power Workshop pp69-103. Repr. from 15th AIAA, SAE and ASME Joint Propulsion Conference, Las Vegas NV 18-20 Jun 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Seattle, WA  United States  98195
  • Authors:
    • Hertzberg, A
    • Sun, K C
  • Publication Date: 1989-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 35 p.

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Aviation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AIAA-79-1338
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM