LASER PROPULSION THRUSTERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$493,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5658
Agency Tracking Number:
5658
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
208 Elmwood Rd, Champaign, IL, 61821
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Herman Krier
(217) 356-4497
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
LASER ROCKET PROPULSION RESEARCH RECENTLY HAS DEMONSTRATED SUBSTANTIALPOTENTIAL FOR THE CONVERSION OF HIGH POWER LASER ENERGY INTO THERMAL PROPULSIVE ENERGY, USING EITHER CONTINUOUS OR PULSED MODE LASER SOURCES. IT IS NOW POSSIBLE FOR THE FIRST TIME TO DEVELOP PROTOTYPE DESIGNS FOR ACTUAL LASER PROPULSION THRUSTERS THAT CAN BE BUILT AND TESTED AT REALISTIC LASER POWERS. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, PREVIOUS LASER PROPULSION RESEARCH IS BEING REVIEWED, VARIOUS ENERGY CONVERSION TECHNIQUES EVALUATED, IMPORTANT SYSTEM QUESTIONS EXAMINED, AND EXISTING NUMERICAL MODELS USED TO DEVELOP SCALING LAWS AND QUANTIFY THRUSTER PERFORMANCE AT VERY HIGH LASER POWERS. BASELINE DESIGNS FOR ACTUAL LASER PROPULSION THRUSTERS ARE BEING DEVELOPED; DEVICES WHICH COULD LATER BE BUILT AND TESTED.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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