DIRECTED ENERGY THERMAL SHIELDS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1073
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 G. Yale Eastman
 (717) 569-6551
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SPACE-BASED DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR ATTACKING SATELLITE COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION GATHERING SYSTEMS. ACCORDINGLY, THERE IS A STRONG INCENTIVE TO DEVELOP PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS WHICH WILL ALLEVIATE OR NEGATE THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF THESE WEAPONS AS STRUCTURES. A POTENTIALLLY EFFECTIVE APPROACH, FOR THE PROTECTION OF SATELLITES FROM DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS, IS THE UTILIZATION OF HEAT PIPES WITHIN A SHIELD STRUCTURE. HEAT PIPES COULD BE DESIGNED TO ABSORB THE ENERGYBEAM AND TRANSPORT THE GENERATED HEAT FOR DISSIPATION OVER THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF THE STRUCTURE BEING PROTECTED. THE ABSORBED ENERGY WOULD BE DISSIPATED BY A COMBINATION OF HEATING THE SHIELD STRUCTURE AND RADIATION FROM THE SURFACE OF THE SHIELD TO SPACE.

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