LASER AIRCRAFT PROPULSION

The concept of using a high-energy continuous wave laser beam from a power satellite in geosynchronous orbit to power a commercial air transport during cruise, i.e., a laser-powered airplane, is examined. These studies indicate that a laser-powered airplane is a nearly fuelless and pollution-free flight transportation system which is cost competitive with the fuel conservative air transport of the future. This laser flight system involves the integration of a conventional aircraft with a laser-power satellite and a set of laser-driven turbofans, all of which can be fabricated with existing or projected technology. The dominant cost of the laser-powered flight transportation system is the cost of the power satellite.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 243-263

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM