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dc.contributor.author Michaelis, MM
dc.contributor.author Forbes, A
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-23T08:01:40Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-23T08:01:40Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07
dc.identifier.citation Michaelis, MM and Forbes, A. 2006. Laser propulsion: a review. South African Journal of Science, vol. 102(7/8), pp 289-295 en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1014
dc.description Copyright: 2006 Academy of Science of South Africa en
dc.description.abstract Early proposals for laser propulsion were surveyed. Propulsion theory and laboratory momentum coupling experiments demonstrate how it is possible to choose the target material so as to optimize payload efficiency, with a possible order-of-magnitude reduction in launch costs. American, German and Japanese experimental ‘lightcraft’ are described as well as the Orion programme to de-orbit space debris. Marx’s seminal paper on laser-driven, relativistic space propulsion and the ensuing controversy was also discussed. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en
dc.subject Laser propulsion en
dc.subject Lightcraft en
dc.subject Photonic propulsion en
dc.subject Spacecraft en
dc.title Laser propulsion: a review en
dc.type Article en


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