DIRECTED ENERGY THERMAL SHIELDS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1073
Agency Tracking Number:
1073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
G. Yale Eastman
(717) 569-6551
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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