NEW ENERGY CONVERSION TECHNIQUES IN SPACE, APPLICABLE TO PROPULSION
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.
- 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.
University of Washington, SeattleSeattle, WA United States 98195
- Hertzberg, A
- Sun, K C
- Publication Date: 1989-7
- Pagination: 35 p.
- Subject Areas: Aviation;
- 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